Every now and again there's a pay-off in betting against the old adage, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Sought-after cover art designs evoke style, wit, intelligence—and sell like hotcakes. Luxe literature in oversized editions and rare, out-of-print gems are the crown jewels to many a stylish vignette or coffee table conversation piece. These artful tomes with their lush, vibrant hues, and poetic graphics, are equally impactful as stand-alone works of art as they are a good read.
Shop our favorite décor-worthy publications below.
Edition Patrick Frey Cherchez La Femme! - Walter Pfeiffer ($75)
Vitra Design Museum Alvar Aalto: Second Nature ($90)
Yale University Press Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style ($100)
Quintessentially Publishing Ltd Quintessentially Perfume ($30)
The Museum of Modern Art Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs ($60)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Barry McGee ($50)
Laurence King Publishing Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design ($75)
Gourcuff Gradenigo Sunstroke: Jean Daniel Lorieux: Photo ($70)
Guggenheim Museum ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s ($65)
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