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World Book Day 2021: 11 Beautiful Coffee Table Books On Home Designs

A colourful private residence in London named Floral Court, designed by Studio Ashby (Image: Philip Durrant, courtesy of Studio Ashby)
A colourful private residence in London named Floral Court, designed by Studio Ashby (Image: Philip Durrant, courtesy of Studio Ashby)
By Cheryl Lai-Lim
April 23, 2021
In light of World Book Day, we’ve gathered the inspiring design titles that will look as beautiful on your shelves and coffee tables, too

Additional reporting by Hong Xinying and Kissa Castañeda 

Coffee table books hold a special spot in the literary sphere. They marry an aesthetic visage with an erudite charm, forming a visual ode that gives insight into your personal preferences. When hosting guests in your living room, your choice of beautiful books laid out on the coffee table or on your shelves make for conversation starters, too. 

For World Book Day this year, we’ve gathered design tomes with stunning exteriors and equally mesmerising content. These newly-released publications will make for both interesting reads and expressive decor pieces.

See also: 6 Beautiful Bookstores To Know In The Klang Valley

By Design: The World's Best Contemporary Interior Designers, published by Phaidon (Image: Phaidon)
Singapore design firm Takenouchi Webb was selected as a trailblazing studio (Image: Phaidon)
A private villa in Florence, Italy, designed by Dimorestudio (Image: Andrea Ferrari, courtesy of Dimorestudio)
A colourful private residence in London named Floral Court, designed by Studio Ashby (Image: Philip Durrant, courtesy of Studio Ashby)
American designer Kelly Wearstler's Malibu residence, designed by herself (Image: François Halard, courtesy of Kelly Wearstler)
A project example featured in the book (Image: Phaidon)
 

1/11 By Design: The World's Best Contemporary Interior Designers (Phaidon)

Design aficionados and enthusiasts will delight in this new encyclopedic book. By Design shines a spotlight on more than 100 of the most influential designers and decorators of the generation, nominated by an esteemed group of industry experts. The book reveals a diverse global selection of current trailblazers in interior design, introducing designers such as Kelly Wearstler, Norm Architects and Singapore design studio Takenouchi Webb, as well as a number of different projects that they’ve helmed. 

 Available online at phaidon.com

See also: 6 Interior Designers To Know In Malaysia

Flower Colour Theory by Darroch and Michael Putnam, published by Phaidon
In their book Flower Colour Theory, Putnam & Putnam reveals various botanical arrangements (Image: Putnam & Putnam)
A stunning floral arrangement by American florists Darroch and Michael Putnam of Putnam & Putnam (Image: Putnam & Putnam)
 

2/11 Flower Colour Theory by Darroch and Michael Putnam (Phaidon)

Take inspiration for your next botanical tablescape from Flower Colour Theory, a new book by US florists Darroch and Michael Putnam of Putnam & Putnam who count Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart among their star-studded clientele. Published by Phaidon, this tome features vibrant and elegant arrangements that explain how you can combine flowers of different hues with various colour schemes.

Available online at phaidon.com

(Related: Floral Arrangements: How to Decorate Your Home With Fresh Flowers and Foliage

Provence Glory by François Simon, published by Assouline (Image: Assouline)
Full of history and rustic charm, this is the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the sea breeze (Image: Tess Baes, courtesy of Assouline via Château de Cassis)
A mas (Provençal farmhouse) amidst fields of lavender paint an idyllic setting (Image: Eric Martin, courtesy of Assouline)
The beauty of the ochre buildings of La Roque Alric is highlighted in the book (Image: Camille Moirenc, courtesy of Assouline)
 

3/11 Provence Glory by François Simon (Assouline)

Feast your eyes on the impressive architecture and design of sun-soaked châteaus and monumental buildings in this bright coffee table tome. Provence Glory celebrates the historical province located in southeastern France. With vivid imagery that will whisk you away to Provence, the book showcases the rich tones and culture of the city, made even more unique with a Mediterranean cultural blend. 

Available online at assouline.com

Related: Meet The Family Behind Legendary Luxury Publisher Assouline

Mok Wei Wei: Works by W Architects, published by Thames & Hudson (Image: Thames & Hudson)
The Nassim by W Architects (Image: Edward Hendricks)
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum by W Architects (Image: Fabian Ong)
Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall by W Architects (Image: Edward Hendricks)
 

4/11 Mok Wei Wei: Works by W Architects (Thames & Hudson)

The first monograph from Singapore’s leading architect Mok Wei Wei, the book explores Mok’s illustrative career that spans over almost four decades. Besides journeying through Mok’s career from the 1980s to the present, the three chapters also highlight his creative ethos. Drawing on examples of completed projects through his firm W Architects, Mok reveals his solutions when it comes to the challenges of designing for an urban city. 

Available online at thamesandhudson.com

Every Room Should Sing by Beata Heuman, published by Rizzoli (Image: Rizzoli)
Every Room Should Sing by Beata Heuman, published by Rizzoli (Image: Rizzoli)

5/11 Every Room Should Sing by Beata Heuman (Rizzoli)

The hotly-anticipated debut monograph of London-based interior designer Beata Heuman, Every Room Should Sing reveals a comprehensive look at Heuman’s innovative design approach for the very first time. Heuman, widely known for her signature exuberant style and playful bespoke furnishings, delivers an in-depth insight into some of her most creative projects to date. With each chapter organised according to various design principles, the coffee table tome makes for a valuable addition to any reading collection.     

Paris Chic by Oliver Pilcher and Alexandra Senes, published by Assouline (Image: Assouline)
Antique dealer Guillaume Léage enjoying a drink at a chic Parisian café, giving a taste of Parisian life (Image: Oliver Pilcher, courtesy of Assouline)
The streets of Paris cast in a warm golden glow (Image: Oliver Pilcher, courtesy of Assouline)
Intricate details of Paris' elegant Petit Palais is highlighted in the book as well (Image: Oliver Pilcher, courtesy of Assouline)
 

6/11 Paris Chic by Oliver Pilcher and Alexandra Senes, published by Assouline

International travel might be limited for now, but you can journey through the city of Paris via this picturesque book. Photographed by Oliver Pilcher and written by Alexandra Senes, the captivating book provides readers a slice of Parisian life. Through chic bistros, charming alleyways, artists’ studios and unique characters, the City of Light’s elegant architecture and design style is revealed. 

Available online at assouline.com

(Related: The Louvre Museum in Paris Puts its Entire Collection Online)

Life Meets Art: Inside the Homes of the World's Most Creative People by Sam Lubell, published by Phaidon (Image: Phaidon)
British multidisciplinary designer Faye Toogood’s home, which showcases her various talents (Image: Courtesy of Phaidon)
Architect Finn Juhl's home in Copenhagen, Denmark (Image: Courtesy of Phaidon)
Irish architect Eileen Gray designed this cliffside abode in France with her then-lover, Romanian architect Jean Badovici, in 1929 (Image: Courtesy of Phaidon)
 

7/11 Life Meets Art: Inside the Homes of the World's Most Creative People by Sam Lubell (Phaidon)

Get a glimpse into the private living spaces of some of the world’s biggest creatives of all time through this title. Penned by Sam Lubell, take a tour of over 200 stylish homes belonging to notable designers, architects, artists, musicians, and more. Notable names include Faye Toogood, Mario Bellini, Diane Von Furstenberg, whose homes form an inspiration for one to foresee the innumerable styling potential and prospects when it comes to home decor. 

Available online at phaidon.com

See also: Home Tour: The New York Penthouse Of Renowned Product Designer Lee Broom

Control Chaos: Redefining the Visual Cultures of Asia by Phunk, published by Thames & Hudson (Image: Phunk)
Control Chaos (2003) by Phunk (Image: Phunk)
 

8/11 Control Chaos: Redefining the Visual Cultures of Asia by Phunk (Thames & Hudson)

Singapore art and design collective Phunk celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of a new monograph. Authored by local design writer Justin Zhuang, the artistic title features three main themes that journey through the collective’s early days to current global works. The title pays tribute to the group’s iconic artwork Control Chaos, which was first produced in 2003 as a silkscreen print for a New York gallery exhibition.

Available online at thamesandhudson.com

A Tale of Warp and Weft: Fort Street Studio, published by Rizzoli (Image: Rizzoli)
The Pinks Original rug by Fort Street Studio is an example of their masterful abilities (Photography: Jonathan Leijonhufvud; Courtesy of Rizzoli)
 

9/11 A Tale of Warp and Weft: Fort Street Studio (Rizzoli)

Luxury carpets maison Fort Street Studio give the lowdown on transforming a watercolour painting to a lustrous silk carpet in this visual title. The highly-lauded carpet studio—whose clientele list includes the likes of Madonna, Brad Pitt, and Pierre Alexis-Dumas, creative director of Hermès—unveils the step-by-step intricate process of creating a hand-knotted silk carpet. The volume also covers founders Brad Davis and Janis Provisor’s journey in Asia, where they discovered unique materials, traditional craftsmanship, and even noteworthy cuisine. 

Available online at rizzoliusa.com

See also: Omar Khan Makes His Mark As A Luxury Rug Designer

Decorative Art 60s by Charlotte & Peter Fiell, published by Taschen (Image: Taschen)
A room decorated in vivid pink showcases the loud and vibrant interior styles in the '60s (Image: Taschen)
An excerpt from Decorative Art 60s, showcasing various fabrics in different prints (Image: Taschen)
Glass flutes of various shapes are featured in an excerpt from the book (Image: Taschen)
Textures and colours transform circular shapes in this page from Decorative Art 60s (Image: Taschen)
 

10/11 Decorative Art 60s by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (Taschen)

Inspired by the psychedelic vibrance and energetic creativity of 1960s interiors, design writers Charlotte and Peter Fiell take a deep dive into the decade’s design trends in this book. Highlighting pop iconography, lighting trends and the likes of iconic designers Ettore Sottsass and Paolo Lomazzi, Decorative Art 60s is dedicated to the groovy, retro era. 

Available online at taschen.com in May 2021

Drama by David Rockwell, published by Phaidon (Image: Robert Clyde Grima, courtesy of Phaidon)
Drama by David Rockwell, published by Phaidon (Image: Phaidon)
Drama by David Rockwell showcases an in-depth focus on stunning architectural features (Image: Robert Clyde Grima, courtesy of Phaidon)
Detailed drawings and brainstorming details are revealed in the book as well (Image: Robert Clyde Grima, courtesy of Phaidon)
 

11/11 Drama by David Rockwell (Phaidon)

Renowned architect and designer David Rockwell is set to release a new book titled Drama. The fourth book from the famed New York architect, Drama explores Rockwell’s design principles, known to be drawn from aspects of performance and theatre, as well as the importance of cross-disciplinary creativity. With six chapters dedicated to each of Rockwell’s fundamental concepts, the book also serves as a visual manifesto of projects from his eponymous cross-disciplinary practice Rockwell Group. 

Available online at phaidon.com in May 2021

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