10 Unique Coffee Table Books That Instantly Upgrade Any Space

Dress up your living room with a fascinating read.

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Dana Tepper

Because nothing reads "well-established home" quite like a stack of artfully arranged design and photo books (you can never have too many), below we've compiled the best art, music, food, and (of course) cocktail collections we're most coveting for our living room space.

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">The Thin White Duke was gone far too soon, and one of the best ways to pay tribute is this giant David Bowie book—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>released this year from Taschen—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>that features large-scale photographs of him by photographer Mick Rock&nbsp;at his most colorful moments&nbsp;on-stage and in his dressing room during the&nbsp;Ziggy Stardust era.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973</em>, $48; <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mick-rock-mick-rock/1123289737?ean=9783836560948&amp;st=PLA&amp;sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&amp;2sid=Google_&amp;sourceId=PLGoP737&amp;k_clickid=3x737" target="_blank">barnesandnoble.com</a>.</strong></p>

The Thin White Duke was gone far too soon, and one of the best ways to pay tribute is this giant David Bowie book—released this year from Taschen—that features large-scale photographs of him by photographer Mick Rock at his most colorful moments on-stage and in his dressing room during the Ziggy Stardust era. 

Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973, $48; .

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<p>If you're considering a book purely by its cover, you wouldn't be too remiss to zero in on this one.&nbsp;Here, the second edition&nbsp;of the New York Time's&nbsp;acclaimed travel series "36 Hours" transports you to some of&nbsp;Europe's best sights. BRB, checking airline prices.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">&nbsp;New York Times 36 Hours. Europe</em> (Second Edition), $40;<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/lifestyle/all/04651/facts.nyt_36_hours_europe_2nd_edition.htm" target="_blank">taschen.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

If you're considering a book purely by its cover, you wouldn't be too remiss to zero in on this one. Here, the second edition of the New York Time's acclaimed travel series "36 Hours" transports you to some of Europe's best sights. BRB, checking airline prices. 

 New York Times 36 Hours. Europe (Second Edition), $40; . 

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<p>You'll want to own this new eye-catching cocktail book for multiple reasons: the narrative-driven book traces the origins of&nbsp;the spritz cocktail, it contains several mouth-watering cocktail recipes, and&nbsp;well, it looks so pretty on your living room table, no?&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes</em>, $13; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spritz-Italys-Aperitivo-Cocktail-Recipes/dp/1607748851" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

You'll want to own this new eye-catching cocktail book for multiple reasons: the narrative-driven book traces the origins of the spritz cocktail, it contains several mouth-watering cocktail recipes, and well, it looks so pretty on your living room table, no? 

Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes, $13; . 

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<p>This comprehensive collection of collage art compiles the work of over 70 artists, from heavyweights like&nbsp;Richard Prince to under-the-radar talents, in one&nbsp;very easy-on-the-eyes art book.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">The Age of Collage Vol. 2</em>, $60; <a href="http://usshop.gestalten.com/age-of-collage-vol-2.html" target="_blank">usshop.gestalten.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

This comprehensive collection of collage art compiles the work of over 70 artists, from heavyweights like Richard Prince to under-the-radar talents, in one very easy-on-the-eyes art book. 

The Age of Collage Vol. 2, $60; . 

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Graphic design and music enthusiasts alike can appreciate the colorful menagerie of concert posters that make up this Gig Posters anthology, from a variety of artists and musicians. It makes a great gift for yourself or the punk who's heading to college this fall.&nbsp;Fun fact: If you look closely at&nbsp;a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR's All Songs Considered, you'll spot some of the gig posters hanging out in the background.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Gig Posters, Vol. 2</em></strong>, <strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">$30; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gig-Posters-2-Clay-Hayes/dp/1594745439/ref=pd_sim_14_4?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=4N5NYN8N3ZBXW548DP9R" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

Graphic design and music enthusiasts alike can appreciate the colorful menagerie of concert posters that make up this Gig Posters anthology, from a variety of artists and musicians. It makes a great gift for yourself or the punk who's heading to college this fall. Fun fact: If you look closely at a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR's All Songs Considered, you'll spot some of the gig posters hanging out in the background. 

Gig Posters, Vol. 2, $30; . 

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<p>For beauty fiends, Lancô<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>me&nbsp;global creative director&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>&nbsp;Lisa Eldridge's new book on makeup is a must-own. The comprehensive history of makeup spans centuries of beauty&nbsp;looks&nbsp;from the Egyptian and Classical eras, to&nbsp;icons like Elizabeth Taylor that inspired popular makeup trends, to the beauty science of the current day.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Face Paint: The Story of Makeup</em>, $15; <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/face-paint-lisa-eldridge/1121146272?ean=9781613128183&amp;st=PLA&amp;sid=NOK_DRS_NOOK+EBooks_00000000&amp;2sid=Google_&amp;sourceId=PLGoP25856&amp;k_clickid=419x25856&amp;utm_source=Google+PLA&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_campaign=NOOK+EBooks" target="_blank">barnesandnoble.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

For beauty fiends, Lancôme global creative director  Lisa Eldridge's new book on makeup is a must-own. The comprehensive history of makeup spans centuries of beauty looks from the Egyptian and Classical eras, to icons like Elizabeth Taylor that inspired popular makeup trends, to the beauty science of the current day. 

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, $15; . 

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">This new cookbook collaboration of restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>and&nbsp;Nopi chef Ramael Scully&nbsp;is the definition of food porn. Salivate over the 120&nbsp;Middle Eastern recipes and food photography found within (think star of anise, black&nbsp;currant compote, and colorful salads), then get yourself to the kitchen.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi &amp; Ramael Scully</em>, $27; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/NOPI-Cookbook-Yotam-Ottolenghi/dp/1607746239" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

This new cookbook collaboration of restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi and Nopi chef Ramael Scully is the definition of food porn. Salivate over the 120 Middle Eastern recipes and food photography found within (think star of anise, black currant compote, and colorful salads), then get yourself to the kitchen. 

NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully, $27; . 

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<p>Even if you're not familiar with Yayoi Kusama's rainbow brite art (her work is a fixture on the Instagram beat), this book will satisfy all of your color cravings and provide you with&nbsp;pages upon pages of conversation starters&nbsp;at home gatherings.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Yayoi Kusama's Give Me Love</em>, $43; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Yayoi-Kusama-Give-Me-Love/dp/1941701213" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

Even if you're not familiar with Yayoi Kusama's rainbow brite art (her work is a fixture on the Instagram beat), this book will satisfy all of your color cravings and provide you with pages upon pages of conversation starters at home gatherings. 

Yayoi Kusama's Give Me Love, $43; . 

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<p>Celebrated <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Vogue</em> photographer Irving Penn is famous for his stunning fashion photography, but here we see a retrospective&nbsp;into his career-spanning work in celebrity portraits, independent studio work, and street photos from the '30s.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty</em>, $32; <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Irving-Penn-Beyond-Merry-Foresta/dp/0300214901" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p>

Celebrated Vogue photographer Irving Penn is famous for his stunning fashion photography, but here we see a retrospective into his career-spanning work in celebrity portraits, independent studio work, and street photos from the '30s. 

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, $32; .  

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<p>It doesn't take an Alexander McQueen fanatic to be sold by the obsessive detailing in his imaginative world of fantastical design, all captured in this beautiful tome of his extravagant runway creations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty</em>, $27; <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/alexander-mcqueen-andrew-bolton/1100160411/2674616357612?st=PLA&amp;sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&amp;2sid=Google_&amp;sourceId=PLGoP3401&amp;k_clickid=3x3401" target="_blank">barnesandnoble.com</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p>

It doesn't take an Alexander McQueen fanatic to be sold by the obsessive detailing in his imaginative world of fantastical design, all captured in this beautiful tome of his extravagant runway creations. 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, $27; . 

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