8 Fashion and Design Books Your Coffee Table Needs

Updated 07/16/19

If your living room is the heart of the home, then the coffee table is the heart of your living room. It's the statement shoe of any space, so it pays to style it with care. If yours is looking a tad bare or simply needs a refresher, there's only one mantra you should keep in mind: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. And begin with a stylish coffee table book. We rounded up our favorite fashion-centric books to get you started. 

Check out our selection of the best new and old books every fashion and design enthusiast will love.

Instagram-Worthy

Aimee Song Capture Your Style $25
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We've been a major fan of fashion blogger Aimee Song's style since she started her style site, and now it's all available in one beautifully bound coffee table book. Song offers advice on how to promote your personal brand in the digital space with insider tips on how to use social media as a tool to build your business. If you're looking for stylish décor that teaches you how to curate your Instagram feed, you've met your match. 

Fashionable Art

Federico Poletti & Georgia Cantarini The Fashion Set $65
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Whether your living room has a multitude of metallic accents or it's full of warmer neutrals, this bright book cover will make a fashion-forward statement. We love the tinfoil effect on the cover, but what's inside is even better: A backstage glimpse into the best catwalks of recent years. This coffee table book is really about the art of the fashion show, which marries design, informative reading, and art (the ideal ménage à trois). 

The Best of Vogue

Grace Coddington Grace: The American Years $170
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Grace Coddington earned her reputation as the creative genius behind many of Vogue's gorgeous visuals. She curated this book with her favorite fashion spreads and includes the work of many talented photographers. If the cover art's abstract portrait is any indication of the fun illustrations and photographs to come, then you won't be disappointed. No fashion lover's home should be without it.

Color theory

Marc Ascoli, Jerry Stafford, & Richard Burbridge Dior: The Art of Colour $115
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First of all, this book kills it in terms of cover design. Not only does this coffee table book serve up some serious eye candy, but it's also sure to spark some interesting conversations. Aside from Dior fashion, it also covers historic makeup trends and runway design. 

A Fashion Encyclopedia

Cally Backman 100 Years of Fashion $45
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If you want to brush up on your knowledge of the historical ebbs and flows of fashion design, this is the book for you. It features celebrity style along with a look at how fashion has changed throughout the ages. Once you're through with it, you'll be the resident fashion expert with encyclopedic knowledge of style history to impress any stylish guest.

Global High Fashion

Kazuko Koike Issey Miyake $70
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If you're curious about non-Western influences on fashion, this Issey Miyake coffee table book has you covered. It's a must-have for those interested in learning more about the Japanese designer and his impact on global trends, both in the fashion industry and beyond.

Avant-Garde Cover Art

Carol Squiers, Vince Aletti, Philippe Garner, & Willis Hartshorn Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 $95
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Here's another coffee table book that covers design evolution. Not only is it packed with informative value, but the chic design offers a great way to spice up a bland coffee table. The cover is a bit more avant-garde than the aforementioned 100 Years of Fashion, so if you want an edgier version, this one is sure to get the job done.

Technology meets fashion

Andrew Bolton Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology $45
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As the title suggests, this book offers an analysis of the cultural implications of technology on the clothing manufacturing industry. It's a fresh read with a lot more than just pretty pictures to behold. The cover is both tasteful and elegant, so it'll elevate just about any table aesthetic. 

Meld Black Coffee Table $600
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CB2 Pink Marble Bookend $90
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Grimm's Natural Rainbow Puzzle $115
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Ethnicraft Walnut Coffee Table $2405
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ABC Home Steel Wire Coffee Table $1320
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Connor Shoes Paperweight $125
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Bernardaud Petri Plate $795
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Glas Italia Smoky Gray Coffee Table $5955
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SkLO Wrap Object $265
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CB2 Gold Cube Side Table $530
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End of History Stoppered Jar $790
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Vintage Burled Wood Coffee Table $2320
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Caleb Siemon Cumulo Barrel Vase $1130
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Munising Four Piece Nuclear Coffee Table $1060
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Fornasetti Ortensia Incense Box $325
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Universo Positivo Gray Moon Cocktail Table $325
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