Since our mission as part of the Gray Malin team is to “make every day a getaway,” we are always looking for new ways to bring an everyday escape into our homes. Of course, we’ve adorned every room and wall possible with our favorite prints from around the world, but there’s something so relaxing about flipping through the pages of an enthralling coffee table book, only to be inspired by something new each time.
Oh, and did we mention gifting season is officially here? You heard that right… We’re churning up ideas about what to give to our friends, family, and coworkers this holiday season, and if you ask us, a good coffee table book never disappoints. Whether your loved ones are interested in travel, fashion, interior design, or pop culture, there is something here for everyone on this list, and we’re trying to resist scooping up each and every one for ourselves. Keep scrolling to check out the ten coffee table books we’ll be gifting to our friends and family this season (okay, and maybe gifting to ourselves to add to our own coffee tables, too). Here we go…
If you’re looking for an every day getaway in the comfort of your own home, then make room for Gray’s ESCAPE on your coffee table. Documenting everything from surf, snow, pools, and parks, this collection of Gray’s most swoon-worthy prints is perfect for any taste, and guarantees to help you get away when you need it most.
For anyone who is endlessly fascinated with fashion and old Hollywood, Slim Aarons: Women is a must. This coffee table book features some of the most iconic women of our time, such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, along with the ladies most influential to Slim Aarons’ career. This is the perfect page-turner for anyone enamored by high society and the glamour of the good life.
If you’re as inspired as we are by the melting pot that is America (and especially NY), then this collection of photography and personal stories is one you have to add to your collection. Not only is Stanton’s work beautiful and eye-opening, but the stories that go along with them will make you laugh, cry, and are sure put a smile on anyone’s face.
This one is for any of you design junkies out there… This coffee table book by the editors of the home magazine, domino, illustrates how you can pin down your personal style and bring it to life so that your space looks like it could belong right alongside all of those spaces you’ve been coveting in your favorite home magazine. If anything, pick this one up for a peek at some of the prettiest and most inspiring spaces we’ve seen in a long time!
While it may look gruff on the outside, the contents of Blunt couldn’t be more intriguing and personal. The book contains over 145 images of iconic figures in film, music and more, all captured in the intimate photography style of Nigel Parry. From actors like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, to designers like Tommy Hilfiger, and musicians like 50 Cent, Blunt is an entirely new look at some of our most well known public figures.
Another collection of Gray’s work, BEACHES is chock-full of his most awe-inspiring beach prints that have mesmerized us for years. From the vibrant beaches of Miami, to the rocky shores of Capri and the serene sands of Bora Bora, BEACHES makes for a gift any beachgoer will obsess over.
Whether you’re an interior design expert or simply admire a well-designed space, you’ll love flipping through the pages of The Big Book of Chic. These lavish and eclectic spaces by Miles Redd are bold, full of personality, and endlessly inspiring (not to mention just plain fun to look at!).
If you’re as enamored with seaside living as we are, then you’ll immediately be pulled into this collection of inspiring coastal designs. The book takes a look at some of the dreamiest escapes of influencers like Donna Karan and Giorgio Armani, and even makes a stop in one of our favorite destinations: Martha’s Vineyard.
If you love traveling back in time and admiring the lives of the elite from all over the world, then you’ll love this art photography book. Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time documents the lives of the rich and famous in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, all through the beautiful and vibrant photography of Slim Aarons, and is sure to make any reader feel nostalgic and inspired.
Love the Hamptons as much as we do? Look no further… When it comes to this coffee table book, what you see is what you get! The Big Book of the Hamptons showcases everything we love about this picturesque getaway, from inspiring architecture, to beaches, pools, gardens, and more.
Which of these coffee table books will you be adding to your wish list? Whether you’re picking one of these up for yourself this season or gifting for a friend, these picks are sure to make a splash stacked on your coffee table. Here’s to kicking off our season of gifting…
Photos: Gray Malin