Looking to spruce up your coffee table appeal? Here are some beautiful books from the realms of fashion, travel and art that’ll indulge the senses.
Storytelling by David Yarrow, Rizzoli International Publications: Renowned photographer David Yarrow has joined forces with Rizzoli to feature over 130 never-before-published images that have been shot over the past three years, and in suitable fashion, the foreword is penned by Cindy Crawford.
As the name suggests, Storytelling is a retrospective of Yarrow’s storytelling work, with images inspired by the big screen and iconic film directors, as he showcases his own cinematic stories featuring the likes of Cara Delevingne and Alessandra Ambrosio. Expect a collection of evocative and poignant images that exude dramatic adventure from the American West to the plains of Africa and the coasts of Alaska.
The images in this book alone have generated nearly $40 million and raised more than $6 million for charities. All copies purchased through DYP come with a digitally signed print with all profits donated to the UW Health Kids Cancer Care Charity.
Bulgari Eden. The Garden of Wonders by Simone Marchetti, Mondadori Electa: For exquisite jewels, look to the Roman house Bulgari, and to celebrate its annual high jewelry collection is Bulgari Eden, a 200-page book of pure temptation and bedazzlement.
Expect a whole host of visual delights from exclusive sketches and photographs of the jewelry collection, along with references, influences and poetry from Paul-Marie Verlaine to Vita Sackville-West, that sit alongside Bulgari’s precious gems.
St. Barths Freedom by Vassi Chamberlain, Assouline: Craving sunshine? Well, award-winning London-based journalist Vassi Chamberlain and publishing house Assouline have teamed up to share the unadulterated glamour and beauty of St. Barths, and there’s plenty of it.
From wealthy and wild beach clubs to culinary treasure troves, this is your guide to the island; after all, Vassi has been traveling to St. Barths for over two decades, so who better to share the intel? In true Assouline style, gorgeous imagery makes you want to visit immediately—a one-way ticket to St. Barths, anyone?
Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture by Justine Picardie, Faber & Faber: A story of botanicals, beauty, resistance, and incredible taste, couture aficionado and author Justine Picardie examines the backstory of the Dior family, and her findings result in her title, Miss Dior.
Picardie’s book offers the chance to learn about the relationship between Christian Dior and his young, courageous sister Catherine in 1940s wartime France, her escape from the Gestapo, and the indelible influence she had on her brother and his fashion house.
British Boutique Hotels: An Opinionated Guide by Gina Jackson, Hoxton Mini Press: A beautifully presented book full of insight and imagery, it’s brought to you by travel blogger Gina Jackson with illustrations by Charlotte Ager. It’s packed with boutique hotels, from quaint to imposing 5-star escapes, including the Fife Arms Braemar, The Newt in Somerset and Heckfield Place in Hook.
Bruce Weber. The Golden Retriever Photographic Society, by Jane Goodall, Taschen: Calling all dog lovers, this book is for your coffee table. Golden retrievers have always been a part of Bruce Weber’s life, and in an ode to his favorite canines, he presents, The Golden Retriever Photographic Society.
The book celebrates the love, joy and connection we have with our beloved pets; for Webber, they’ve also been a source of inspiration for over five decades, with his pack featuring in his fashion campaigns and magazine shoots. He says, “Working on this book has been a very moving experience, looking back over 50-some years of photographing dogs and thinking about what that’s meant to my life.”
Mr & Mrs Smith Presents the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms by Sarah Jappy, Thames and Hudson Ltd: Established in 2003 by James and Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith is the destination of destinations, highlighting fine hotels and bespoke experiences. With all this travel know-how comes this title that features over 300 color photographs of oh-so-sexy hotels, shot by art photographer Polly Brown, text by Sarah Jappy, and reviews and recommendations by tastemakers, such as Lauren Laverne, Raymond Blanc and Stella McCartney. It’ll provide plenty of inspiration, from far-flung exotic getaways to romantic mini breaks.