For Your Eyes or Conversation Only

What’s a coffee table book? In simple words, it’s a huge book, displayed on the coffee table, with a clear intention of entertaining guests. It is a conversation starter and fills your head with stunning imagery. A typical coffee table book can be on anything: art, films, food, personalities, travel to name a few. While researching on this article, I came across a kaleidoscope of such books. While some offered powerful photos depicting reality, others were for smart & crisp reading. But let’s keep the serious & thought-provoking books for later.

This article is for the free-spirited person in you who doesn’t take a minute in getting engrossed in visually arresting books from time to time. For your perusal, I have shortlisted three supremely different books. You may or may not like these.


Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations


If you’re one of those who absoluely love contemporary art, here’s a chance for you to take your love for colors to a whole new level. Yes, you guessed it right! Curated by Souris Hong-Porretta, this coffee table book features a series of monochromatic artworks by Ryan McGinness , Shepard Fairey, Steven Harrington. The visuals are so delightful that anyone would love to go back to his or her childhood days and start coloring this book right away. Go on, get hold of a set of crayons and make way for your creative inhibitions.

Publisher: Perigee Books

Vivienne Westwood


She is one of the most reputed fashion designers in the world. Remember the gorgeous wedding dress for Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in Sex & The City? Well, yeah. Westwood is that talented. Basically, she is a true living legend. This coffee table book, is in fact, her personal memoir that recounts her glamorous journey in the fashion world. Westwood collaborated with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly to put on a marvelous display of moments, ideas and inspirations that formed a part of her extraordinary life.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Kim Kardashian West: Selfish


Let’s face it: Kim Kardashian is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world! And, she is a social media maven. When Mrs. West decided to showcase her “selfie photography” to the world, it wasn’t a surprise! After all, she has undoubtedly mastered the art of photographing herself and that too, without any shame! SELFISH is a book that features her unseen throwback pictures (some of which include her former BFF, Paris Hilton), current glam shots and everything else that her truest fan can imagine. You may not completely agree with this “vain” act; but the truth is, the curvaceous star has conquered the world by doing the unthinkable!

Publisher: Rizzoli USA

I’d love to know about the coffee table book you recently read!


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