How to Choose the Perfect Coffee Table Book

Assouline Coffee Table Books

How to Choose the Perfect Coffee Table Book

Is your coffee table a striking piece of furniture which forms the centrepiece of your living room? If you answered yes, compliment your coffee table and accompanying decor with a sophisticated coffee table book. Coffee table books are the perfect way to spruce up your home decor and show off your interests, hobbies and personality, and can be a great conversation starter with your guests. 

When it comes to coffee table books, there are thousands of options to choose from so it's hard to know where to begin. At Palmer & Penn, we stock some of the finest coffee table books in Australia.

Considerations

When finding the perfect coffee table book to compliment your interior, there are a few things that should be taken into consideration;

  • Size -  When searching for the perfect coffee table book you’ll want to consider the size of the book and how much space this will take up on the coffee table. We suggest choosing a book that is large enough to stand out, but not so much that it overpowers the space.
  • The cover - When choosing a book to compliment your interior, you should absolutely judge the book by its cover. Opting for a coffee table book cover with colours and images that complement your interior is really important. For example if you have a modern interior, a book with a sleek and minimalist cover would be a good choice. For a country or Hamptons themed home, a book with a rustic feel would appeal.
  • Content - Whilst a large emphasis is placed on the colour and style of the colour, it helps if the content is something you are interested in. Pick a theme you love and then base the decision on which titles are best suited to your home.

Once you have considered the above, it's time to start researching. We recommend starting with our favourite publisher Assouline. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite Assouline coffee table books that cover a variety of themes. Whether you’re in the market for something informative or artistic, we’ve got you covered. 

Different Themes for Different Interests

If you're looking for a truly exceptional coffee table book in Australia, then look no further than The Assouline Collection of coffee table books with each book created in collaboration with the world's foremost designers, photographers, artists and architects, are as beautifully presented as they are thought-provoking. Some of our favourite titles, across a number of themes are;

Art

If you're an art lover, the Assouline coffee table book collection has several titles that will inspire your inner artist as you turn the pages and enjoy a visual journey.

Art Life Book - Architect and designer, Sig Bergamin, is known for his eclectic vision and vivid interiors that are the perfect mélanges of chic. A constant traveller, Bergamin loves collecting treasures wherever he goes—totems that inspire and evolve his craft. He is also an avid art collector, a tendency that comes across in each of his meticulously designed spaces, where Warhols, Hirsts and Lichtensteins are seamlessly blended with minimalist and maximalist decor from around the world.

Art House - Art House chronicles an extraordinary life dedicated to living with art, and a friendship devoted to designing homes to honour it. One of the world’s leading art collectors, Chara Schreyer has built a staggering collection of six hundred works, and her forty-year collaboration with interior designer Gary Hutton has produced five spectacular residences to house them. Art House is a breathtaking visual tour of these houses, which range from an architectural tour-de-force to a high-rise “gallery as home.”

Design

Are you passionate about design? The Assouline collection of coffee table books have a number of titles dedicated to design. 

French Riviera in The 1920’s - The French Riviera was the centre of creativity during the 1920s and early ’30s. Artists and writers from the far reaches of the world gathered to fashion a new way of life—among them Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gerald and Sara Murphy, Picasso, Picabia, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Anna de Noailles. A photobiography of this carefree era, The French Riviera of the 1920s revitalises the now-legendary tale of these mythic personalities caught between a desire for creation, the quest for happiness, and the looming darkness of World War II.

Flowers Art And Bouquets Book - Be it a single delicate bud in a simple clear vase or an explosion of colourful blossoms, a brilliant bouquet accents an atmosphere and brightens the mood like nothing else. The beauty of flowers has inspired artists, designers, poets, and myriad other creators for centuries.

Chateau Life Book - In a busy modern life, meals are often relegated to five- or ten-minute time slots. The French have long been lauded as culinary experts, and the emphasis they place on time spent around the dinner table is yet another secret worth borrowing. These sixty recipes—organised around ten themes, including holiday traditions, lunch box contents, joie de vivre, and the French Sunday lunch—are a sensational catalogue of the Webster clan’s favourite food moments.

Fashion

Are you a fashion lover? The Assouline collection has a wide range of fashion coffee table books from Chanel to Dior to Pierre Cardin.

Chanel 3 Volumes Book - Assouline and Chanel present a newly updated trilogy celebrating the timeless spirit, signatures, and heritage of the house of Chanel. This slipcase set includes three Mémoire volumes: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Jewellery And Watches, and Chanel Fragrance And Beauty.

Dior By Gianfranco Ferre - This beautiful volume showcases Gianfranco Ferré’s most emblematic haute couture designs for Dior, from the Ascot–Cecil Beaton collection of Autumn-Winter 1989 to the Indian Passion collection of Autumn-Winter 1996. Fashion journalist Alexander Fury eloquently explores Ferré’s vision to balance his own taste and that of Christian Dior, reinterpreting Dior’s elegant style for the 1990s and a new generation of clients and fashion observers.

Lifestyle

Are you into reading about lifestyle and the many different unique aspects of it? Then a coffee table book from the  Assouline lifestyle collection will be perfectly suited for your coffee table.

Mother And Child Book - In the latest body of work by author and photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank, the artist set out to explore what modern motherhood means in the 21st century. Turning her lens on 70 iconic families of mothers and children from such celebrated names as Delfina Figueras, Carolina Herrera, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anne Vyalitsyna, Aerin Lauder, and Patti Hansen, Swanson Frank’s stunning portraits capture the emotional bonds and beauty that frame the primal relationship of a mother and her child.

Sushi Shokunin Book - In this stunning monograph, James Beard, Award-winning photographer and author, Andrea Fazzari, profiles twenty of the most celebrated sushi masters on the Japanese food scene. Through a combination of striking photography and intimate essays, each chapter introduces readers to a new master and restaurant.

Travel

Are you a jetsetting traveller and love stories from all over the world? Assouline are best known for their travel titles. The Assouline coffee table books include an extensive range of travel titles which can make you feel as if you’re anywhere in the world.

Tuscany Marvel Book - The Italian region of Tuscany is a feast for all senses. A creative incubator that has cultivated art and architecture for eras including Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and modern times. Timeworn churches, once stops on nineteenth-century Grand Tours, stand tall in the towns’ piazzas. Rolling hills of wheat and colourful olive groves, that inspire authentic Tuscan cuisine.

Mexican Style - With the most vibrant and original curation of images ever to be assembled and clever descriptions of the concepts that define its soul, Mexican Style is a 360-degree exploration of this mythical and colourful country. A breath of air clears away the clouds that at times obscure the country’s unique identity to outsiders, and each page in this exceptional addition to Assouline’s Style.

At Palmer & Penn we have the most exclusive and extensive range of Assouline books that can be shipped anywhere in Australia. Browse our collection or come visit our Double Bay store to find the perfect Assouline coffee table book for your collection. Whichever book you choose from the Assouline coffee table book collection, we know it will compliment your decor and spark joy each time you look at it.

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