Coffee table books, in all of their illustrative, photographic and literary glory, display a wealth of insight about their owner through a choice curation. Resting on living room furniture, these objets d’art simultaneously rouse conversation while also symbolizing a person’s interests sui generis. Whether a personal investment or a gift for a dilettante, these magnificently presented publications evade dusty bookshelves or being crammed in bankers boxes buried within closets, they demand to be showcased. S/ has rounded up a list of the most compelling coffee table books detailing unique cultural subject matter—from fashion to art—that will enliven any living room.
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