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8 Chic Coffee Table Books That Double as Decor

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* Vibrant, colorful books for your coffee table
* Subjects range from movies, to photography, fashion and more
* Great for gift giving this holiday season

Everyone loves coffee table books. They’re big, colorful and can make even the most mundane topics and objects seem fascinating. Plus, they’re wonderful decorative accents when displayed in your home. Another bonus is that they make a fantastic gift for just about anyone in your life. Here are 8 exquisite options to indulge yourself or someone else with this holiday.

1. Humans of New York

Humans of New York began as a blog showcasing street photography taken in the Big Apple. Now, it’s a #1 New York Times bestselling book that captures New Yorkers and their stories. The book features quotes, anecdotes and four hundred color photos.

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2. Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water

Peek inside the surfer life with Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water. It gives a glimpse inside the beach homes, bungalows, trailers and cabins of those who only need a simple space between surf sessions and sleep.

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3. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color

Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes. It’s a colorful and fascinating glimpse into the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues throughout the twentieth century.

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4. The Wes Anderson Collection

This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson’s filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera. Writer and director Wes Anderson guides movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson’s life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation. The result is a meticulously designed book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson’s movies: melancholic, playful, wise, and wonderfully aesthetic.

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5. Chanel: Collections and Creations

Chanel: Collections and Creations cracks open a lush visual selection from the Chanel archive featuring dazzling articles of clothing, intricate accessories, beautiful fashion models, and timeless design. It’s an essential read for fashionistas and design aficionados, and it will look beautiful on display in your coffee table or entryway table.

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6. Eames: Beautiful Details

Eames: Beautiful Details celebrates the seamlessness and fluidity in which Charles and Ray Eames operated as both a husband and wife team, and as iconic furniture designers unrestricted by traditionally professional boundaries. Unlike any other book previously published about Charles and Ray Eames, this unique monograph is a visual celebration of their work and life, and was created in true collaboration with Charles’s grandson, Eames Demetrios, and other members of the Eames family.

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7. William Eggleston, 2 1/4

He’s been called the “first color photographer” due to his massive influence in the photographic arts. William Eggleston, 2 ¼, is a collection of the iconic artist’s photographs taken in the 2 1/4 photograph format he occasionally used.

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8. Star Wars: The Blueprints

Star Wars: The Blueprints gives an all-access pass into the Lucas film archives to unveil the original technical drawings of the galaxy far, far away. It’s filled with more than 250 blueprints, 500 photographs and illustrations, and ten stunning gatefolds. This book is a must for Star Wars devotees.

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