A collection of suitable coffee table books is often a neglected piece of the modern abode. The casual read provides a good dose of worldly enculturation and inspires conversation when proudly displayed in a living area. And if you’re trying to win the heart of one (or two if you’re feeling really lucky) of your guests, sophistication is key. You’re not doing yourself any favours if your coffee table is stacked with dirty cups and Target catalogues. A hardcover book with captivating images goes a long long way. Here are some of our favourite coffee table books.
The Monocle Guide to Better Living
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? “The Monocle Guide to Better Living” is the stepping stone to a better you with an emphasis on how to live your life better, discover your true passion in life and find your fashion sense (it’s there, you just need to look for it). Gain instant substance in 400 pages.
The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders
Bad boys are back, baby, and if your particular brand of roguish charms lies with motorcycles, then “The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles and their Builders” is your guide to impress. This book talks about the rebirth of the 1960s motorcycle movement where bikes expressed your individuality and made a statement. Between these pages, you find the means to create a beast.
Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been
You might identify Pharrell as the singer of that song you couldn’t escape this entire summer, but what “Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been” reveals his incredible reach and diversity in his endeavors. Pharrell is a performer, producer and has designed for every product category. Learning more about he has successfully branched out, teaches you how to seek multiple opportunities and inspires you to act.
“SuicideGirls: Geekology” is your guide to femininity intersected by geek culture, because there is not one type of woman in the world. The book is a celebration of the women who have built the geek community and have for a long time been accused of being fake girls. You see them bare all (we say no to clothes!) in tasteful nude portraits along with their stories, passions and fandoms.
Velo-2nd Gear: Bicycle Culture and Style
Riding bicycles has grown and graduated from its infancy in suburbia to an ever-evolving and vibrant culture with multiple faces all around the world. Join the big boy club with “Velo-2nd Gear: Bicycle Culture and Style” – your guide to cycling around the world. The book not only introduces you to bike messenger races at night and historical biking paths, but gives you the tools to pedal through your personal journey to self-discovery one hill at a time.
The Design Book
We live in a culture that praise beauty and human civilization strives to marry functionality with a high aesthetic. “The Design Book” introduces you to 500 striking products that have had a hand in changing the course of modern product design. Trust us, with this little beauty in your pocket, you have 500 new ways to impress those around you – the best currency to have.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful
Bring your swim trunks, because you’re going to the mythical beach populated with the most beautiful women in the world. “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” brings you all the swimsuit issue covers, special outtakes, body painting and a detailed history of the world phenomenon that has served as the sexual awakening of young boys for half a century. Just be careful not to get a sunburn.
Thrill Murray (colouring book)
Everybody loves Bill Murray and everybody will love you if you proudly display the “Thrill Murray” colouring book on your coffee table. Yes, colouring books are technically for children, but you can never get enough of Bill Murray as all your favourite characters (all of them). Pure fun has no age restrictions.
100 Beards / 100 Days
The modern man is the bearded man and “100 Beards / 100 Days” shows you the wild beauty of a face claimed by pure testosterone. Take notes on how you can grow your own majestic mane and learn what these men have to say about life with facial hair. If you’re not sure this is for you, remember: the ladies love beards.
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy
The ladies’ man speaks… in six volumes. “Hugh Hefner’s Playboy” is decadent and exciting in its attention to detail as it shines a light on every inch of Hefner’s life from his first career as a cartoonist to his spicy sex life. Learn all there’s to know about and keep something to remember this legend by – namely a 5×5 cm piece of his iconic red silk pyjamas.
Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles
Nothing makes a man hotter than knowing their typeface. The Arial and Arial Bold jokes are clichés, boy. Wield “Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles” and woo your lady with intimate knowledge of typeface history, because it’s not about what you have to say any more but how you’re going to spell it out. The prettier the better.
Big Book of Butts, Big Book of Pussy, Big Book of Legs & Big Book of Breasts 3-D
The female body has been the subject of lengthy and detailed sexual exploration and can you blame humanity, it’s perfect. Take your knowledge of the female erotic anatomy with the Little Book of Butts, Big Book of Pussy, Big Book of Legs & Big Book of Breasts 3-D – it’s sex appeal in every shape, size and skin colour. Celebrate sexuality with high production value and colours that pop a lot of things.
We’ve covered motorcycles and beards. Now it’s time to get you some killer ink, brother, and “1000 Tattoos” is your introduction into the manliest of all forms of self-expression. Pick the designs that speak to you and learn a few things about how tattoos have become the sexiest of all accessories.
The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy
In your path to becoming a better man, we’ve covered your personal presentation, but now it’s time to transform your bachelor pad with “The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy”. The book is part poking humour at uber-organized individuals and part guide to organizing your own life, which is something to invest in. After all, every woman judges a man by his crib.
Shot by Kern
“Shot by Kern” takes you backpacking through the world one female nude portrait at a time. The book is highbrow erotica with an emphasis on the human story behind each shoot as Kern makes his way through the five continents on this journey. It’s all done in good taste and will make a great impression when you bring it up in conversation.
The Art of The Muscle Car: Collectors Edition
If motorcycles are not your thing, then you can unleash your speed demon with “The Art of The Muscle Car: Collectors Edition” – the book that details the history of the muscle car. You’re treated to photos so realistic you could almost jump behind the wheel and speed off and essays – well, love letters really – that describe their individual characteristics and their rise to prominence. You never know, maybe one day you’ll impress the right person with your detailed knowledge of the Buick GSX.
TASCHEN’s 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
Watching Michael Bay might score you points with your bros, but countless explosions are not all that impressive if you’re trying to charm a pretty girl with taste. “TASCHEN’s 100 All-Time Favorite Movies” gives you the skinny on a 100 iconic movies that span time and genre with a summary, behind-the-scenes stories and trivia that will impress every woman in sight.
Luxury Toys For Men: Ultimate Collection
While no one expects for to all the products in “Luxury Toys For Men: Ultimate Collection” to wind up on your Amazon wish list, this book tells people the following about you – 1) you have good taste, and 2) you have ambition. Sure you may not be Tony Stark (billionaire, playboy, philanthropist), but you aspire to be more and women respond well to that.
This is Warhol
If you have even five of the books on this list, you’re ready to move on to advanced culture and “This is Warhol” turns the dial to 11. Sure, some people might look at you funny when you recite facts about Warhol’s childhood and early career, but you’ll be elected king of the hipster community under the right circumstances.
The question isn’t whether you should buy “Extraordinary Chickens”, but why you don’t have it already. You get all the chickens in the world in a handy book of HD photography and short descriptions. Think of it as a testament to your quirky humour as owning this book is very much like having a compilation of hilarious YouTube videos but only old school.