Top-Ten Tabletop Reads to Give and Receive
Hot off the press! Whether you’re seeking out a conversation-starter for your living room or are shopping for your favorite bookworm, these picturesque reads are home accessories in a league of their own. With topics ranging from interiors to fashion to sports, our 2013 favorites are the ultimate page-turners.
For the Love of Shoes, Patrice Farameh
Every shoe addict’s must-have read, this lavishly illustrated homage dazzles with standout images, insightful essays and designer interviews. Featuring a host of designers from Alexander McQueen to Stuart Weitzman—and of course, Jimmy Choo—you’ll fall head over heels for the avant-garde styles. $95, teNeues.
Living In Style: Berlin, Stephanie von Pfuel
A reborn city, Berlin has changed like no other in the past twenty years, with long-neglected buildings have become like new again. Daydream to fantastic pictures of exclusive apartments, lakeside villas and city townhouses—all dressed to the nines in innovative designs. $59.95, teNeus.
Dior Glamour, Natasha Fraser Cavasoni
Legendary photographer Mark Shaw captures the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, documenting every moment from posing actresses to behind-the-scenes fittings. Walk into the world of ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion from 1952–1962. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, Shaw’s photojournalistic style changed fashion forever—some were the first shot in color. $115, Rizzoli.
Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society, Donald Albrecht, Jeannine Falino, Phyllis Magidson
A glamorous and vital era in New York City, the Gilded Years of the late nineteenth century boasted the rise of the Vanderbilts and Morgans, Maison Worth, Tiffany & Co., Duveen, and Allard. Families of great fortune secured their positions by constructing vast Fifth Avenue mansions and filling them with precious objects and art. This memoriam is your personal invitation to the elaborate fêtes and balls, an inside look at the social and cultural scene of the era. $50, Monacelli Press.
Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy, Victoria Kastner, foreward by Stephen T. Hearst
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s legendary Hearst Castle. Through historical images from the vast Hearst archive and full-color photography, the still-private grounds are gloriously uncovered. Along with insightful text sharing unknown tales of the famous family, enjoy stunning vistas of the California coastline and picturesque scenes of the Hearst cowboys in action. $50, Abrams Books.
George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992, Mark A. Vieira
Creator of the Hollywood glamour portrait, George Hurrell instituted a sharp, dramatic look that revolutionized the soft-focus aesthetic of his time. A portrait collection of Hollywood’s most exalted era, this book spans the shutterbug’s entire career, from humble beginnings as a society photographer to capturing celebrities as a celebrity himself.
$60, Running Press.
Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age, Graydon Carter
Journey through a century of arts, war, and politics, illustrated in both black-and-white and color photography. A living time capsule, the book documents the magazine’s lifespan beginning in 1913, through the Jazz Age and Depression, straight through the Information Age. Step back and take a decade-by-decade look at the world seen through our time’s top editors. $65, Abrams Books.
The Killer Detail: Defining Moments in Fashion, Elizabeth Quin
From Kate Moss’s skinny jeans to Frank Sinatra’s fedora, there are signature moments in time that revolutionized fashion. With striking photographs of 120 influential figures, follow a series of iconic portraits of those “killer details” that distinguished the wearer from the masses. A must-have for every fashionista, Killer Detail admires those who dared to invent new perspectives. $40, Flammarion.
The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld, Foreword by Patrick Mauriès, Edited by Jean-Christophe Napias
Leader of the fashion world and master of culture, Karl Lagerfeld is famously outspoken. His witty, wise and often surprising sentiments offer an insightful take on fashion, women, art, politics, love and life in general. Created with full-approval from the designer himself, take some life advice from this index of Lagerfeld-isms. $29.95, Thames and Hudson.
City Cycling: Europe, Max Leonard, Andrew Edwards
Nothing is more on-trend than going green, except maybe going green on a bike. A relatively new phenomenon, biking in cities abroad offers an affordable means of casual tourism. With insight from chic cycling brand, Rapha Racing, this book offers itineraries, bike maps and cyclist-friendly venues for you to explore Europe on two wheels. A slim paperback, toss it into your backpack and head to London, Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona…$39.95, Thames and Hudson.