If you think that coffee table books are the domain of the women in your life, think again, gentlemen. Their pages are to be explored and appreciated; their covers are crucial to the colour and character of a room.
Whether the coffee table in question is the key feature of a bachelor pad, or nestled within a family home, the books placed upon it speak volumes about the tastes of their owner. Make sure you invest in the ones that say the right things.
Here are our top picks:
National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
Escapism at its finest. From natural phenomena, to mysterious animals, to manmade enigmas, the world’s finest photographers grant us a glimpse into the world’s most elusive spectacles.
Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
This homage to the boxing legend and cultural icon is a worthy addition to any collection. This celebration of his life through pictures, memorabilia, original essays, and interviews necessitates more than just a quick flick through the pages.
Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air
Every boy’s dreams, converted into architecturally stunning reality. The gorgeous images will have anyone craving an alternative style of living.
The World Atlas of Coffee
Just because it’s called a coffee table doesn’t dictate that coffee should be a theme amongst your selected books. However any gentleman interested in getting the most out of his morning caffeine hit can benefit from the expertise of the world’s master coffee producers.
Mario Testino: Portraits
How many icons can you fit into one book? The unique and vibrant images that fill these pages are a celebration the stars of fashion, cinema, royalty and music, as well as Testino’s work itself.
This glamorous time capsule of motor racing is charted in a series of nostalgic and beautiful images. A seamless amalgamation of fashion and motor sport.
1000 record covers
A must for any music fan, this book reveres record covers as a evocative works of art, as well as iconic symbols of their period.
Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving a Wider Audience
Featuring the communication of Leonard Da Vinci, Roald Dahl, and Elvis Presley amongst others, ‘Letters of Note’ ranges from humorous to heart-breaking and is a reminder of the power of written correspondence.
The James Bond Archives
As if 007 needed any more immortalisation, this book upholds the captivating aura of this impeccably British character with behind the scenes insights and images from the archives of EON Productions, from the making Dr No. to Spectre.
One Savile Row: The Invention of the English Gentleman
An history of timeless elegance. An exploration of Gieves and Hawkes’ iconic tailoring, from the eighteenth century to today’s collections, and the elite clientele across the decades, this is an imperative addition on classic men’s style.
And, of course, no gentleman’s coffee table is truly complete without the latest copy of our Gentleman’s Journal magazine.