Monday, December 27, 2010

Brilliantly Beautiful Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books inspire conversation. I have listed some of my favorite coffee table books; ones filled with thought-provoking images and abstract illustrations. Here are some chic, jumbo volumes on fashion, design, science, art and photography.

This book is fabulous and features the most celebrated actors, actresses, models and social figures. The book is filled with photographs and stories that have appeared in Vogue over the last four decades. Unpublished photographs are unveiled. 

Chanel: Collections and Creations is a classic. The book shows many of Chanel's collection pieces. It displays jewelry, makeup, perfume and couture garments. Chanel Forever!

Edith Head is one of old Hollywood's iconic costume designers. She designed costumes for more than 1,000 films. Some of her beautiful creations were made for Audrey Hepburn, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The book features her best designs and sketches.

This one is a favorite of mine. Kelly Wearstler is a brilliant interior designer with a colorful palette and eclectic, fun style. I am a huge Kelly fan! This book features some of her recent, unpublished projects including her home in Beverly Hills and celebrity homes she designed. 

100 More of the World's Best Houses presents stunning views of amazing architecture. The homes are varied in location and style. The book shows the original architectural plans and drawings as well as large photographs of the final projects. An interior designer or architect's dream book. 

Earth from Above: 365 Days is a must-have book. It has striking perspectives of Earth, and the pages are filled with vibrant images. The views of the surface of Earth are breathtaking and truly provoke wonder and mystery.

Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary is the ultimate book of art history. It features unique artistic styles and well-known artists.

MaRio De Janeiro Testino is an all time favorite of mine. The photographs are what you would expect from this photographic genius. There are images of the beautiful Giselle Bundchen as well as gorgeous beaches and Brazilian bodies. The book is sexy.

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