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What defines a great photo? Is it gorgeous architecture, alluring fashion editorials, or a compelling celebrity portrait?
The latest generation of coffee table books strives to answer these questions, offering a wealth of exceptional imagery in a wide variety of genres. From never-before-seen vintage photos of Frank Sinatra to covet-worthy interior design and architecture showcases and dazzling images of coveted gemstones, some of the best coffee table books on fashion, design and photography offer irresistible choices. for all tastes and all budgets. Here’s a look at 10 of the newest titles worth buying.
The Stahl House: Case Study House #22, The Creation of a Modernist Icon by Bruce Stahl, Shari Stahl Gronwald and Kim Cross (Chronicle Chroma)
If you’ve ever admired the Stahl House, the 1960 Hollywood Hills home envisioned by Buck and Carlotta Stahl and designed by architect Pierre Koenig, this book features never-before-seen photos and details provided by the Stahls’ adult children about this mid-century modern design icon. The Stahl house also explores how the house gained its own fame as a backdrop for fashion campaigns and celebrity portraits, as well as films that include Galactic Quest and Corrine, Corrine.
‘The Stahl House: Case Study House #22, The Making of a Modernist Icon’
Tom Ford 001 & 002 Deluxe by Tom Ford (Rizzoli)
In November, designer and director Tom Ford released 002, the sequel to his 2004 memoir, in which he discusses the second chapter of his life and milestones, including his fatherhood and the launch of his eponymous women’s brand. Now the two tomes have been combined into a deluxe set in a chic slipcase. Details include a bookplate signed Tom Ford.
‘Tom Ford 001 & 002 Deluxe’
Peter Marino: The Architecture of Chanel by Peter Marino (Phaidon)
He’s been designing Chanel boutiques for 25 years, and now Peter Marino is celebrating his longtime collaboration with the iconic French brand with this expanded look at their partnership. Marino, the New York-based architect and designer who has also designed splashy spaces for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Dior, shares a behind-the-scenes look at the details that have gone into Chanel boutiques around the world, from Tokyo to New York. , Osaka to Chicago and beyond (he is currently working on the redesign of the brand’s Rodeo Drive boutique).
‘Peter Marino: The Architecture of Chanel’
Yachts: the impossible collection by Miriam Cain (Assouline)
Fans of the chic nautical lifestyle enjoyed by celebrities and the mega-rich will enjoy this painstakingly detailed look at the history of yachting, from racing ships and sleek ships of the early 1900s to the high-tech designs that dominate the industry today. Part of Assouline’s “Impossible Collection” series, this expensive book is not only comprehensive, it’s also packed with gorgeous photographs.
“Yachts: the impossible collection”
Santa Fe Modern: contemporary design in the high desert by Helen Thompson and Casey Dunn (The Monacelli Press)
While modernism largely dominates current architecture and interior trends, Modern Santa Fe explores how some of the best examples of this design theme can be found in the American Southwest. While many of the spectacular homes featured in the book could reside almost anywhere in the world, Santa Fe Modern offers a compelling look at why the marriage of home design and its environment is so vital.
“Santa Fe Modern” by Helen Thompson and Casey Dunn
Frank Sinatra has a cold by Gay Talese and Phil Stern (Taschen)
In 1965, Gay Talese wrote for Squire what’s still considered the ultimate celebrity profile, the result of a scheduled interview with Frank Sinatra that never happened because the legendary entertainer wasn’t feeling well. Nearly 60 years later, the famous story of Talese has been turned into a book with this treatment by Taschen, which includes Talese’s handwritten notes and pages and a considerable photograph of Sinatra by Phil Stern, who captured footage from ‘Ol ‘Blue Eyes for four decades.
‘Frank Sinatra Has a Cold by Gay Talese and Phil Stern’
Sapphire: a celebration of color by Joanna Hardy (Thames & Hudson)
Jewelery fans know UK-born Joanna Hardy as one of the world’s leading gemological experts, and this book completes her trilogy of the “big three” gemstones: 2014’s emerald, 2017 Ruby, and now Sapphire, which explores the fascination throughout history with these captivating blue gems. Some of the world’s most famous examples of the stone are featured, including the Bulgari necklace with a 52.72 carat sugar loaf cabochon sapphire, which Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor for her 40th birthday in 1972.
“Sapphire” by Joanna Hardy
Vanity Project: A History of Fashion and Celebrities Styled by Dave Thomas (Unicorn Publishing Group)
Lionel Richie and John Legend wrote the introduction and afterword for this retrospective which showcases the work of London native Thomas, a pioneer in the world of celebrity styling. Thomas’ three decades as a stylist have included work for everyone from Boy George (who also conducted interviews for the book) to Britney Spears, Sting and the Spice Girls. Proceeds from the book benefit The Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people struggling to get their lives back on track; Thomas received a scholarship from the Prince’s Trust in his early years and was asked by Prince Charles to write the book.
Vanity Project: A History of Fashion and Celebrities Styled by Dave Thomas
The book of men’s fashion by Phaidon Editors and Jacob Gallagher (Phaidon)
This A-Z compendium of all things menswear is a must-have for fashion libraries, documenting over 200 years of menswear history, from tailors and milliners to designers such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren and the fashion influencers from Elvis Presley to A$AP Rocky.
‘The Men’s Fashion Book’ by Phaidon Editors
Helmut Newton. Heritage by Matthias Harder and Philippe Garner (Taschen)
Provocative, seductive, elegant and voyeuristic: Helmut Newton’s photography continues to fascinate precisely because he broke rules and challenged boundaries, among the reasons his editorial fashion images vogue and She in the 1990s are considered iconic examples of the genre. Taschen compiled the 424 pages Helmut Newton. Heritage in addition to a Berlin retrospective on display through May 2022, and this look at the depth and breadth of her work includes celebrity portraits of Charlotte Rampling, Catherine Deneuve and other A-list stars.
Helmut Newton. Heritage