Article originally published on February 19, 2020
Coffee Table Books
Coffee table books are fascinating literary creations, part objet d’art, part photographic ode, and part book, that give insight to the interests of the owners.
THE RIHANNA BOOK
From her Barbados childhood to her worldwide tours, from iconic fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur. Many of these images have never before been published. This large-format book is 504 pages with 1,050 color images on 3 paper stocks and 7 single- and double-page gatefolds, 9 bound-in booklets, 1 tip-in sheet, and a double-sided, removable poster.
RALPH LAUREN: IN HIS OWN FASHION
From the author of Dressing the Man, the seminal tome on men’s fashion comes the illustrated biography of Ralph Lauren. Published as part of the designer’s 50th anniversary, Alan Flusser’s book looks at the life of the iconic American designer through the lens of fashion and cultural impact. This high-level, yet intimate, reflection on the life and work of Ralph Lauren shows how a preppy young boy from the Bronx created one of the most recognizable brands in American fashion.
VIENNA: PORTRAIT OF A CITY
Martin Scorsese has long been revered as one of our greatest living directors; his career spans more than 50 years and includes some of the most celebrated American gangster films. His latest foray into the genre is The Irishman, a majestic epic that covers bold, new ground. Featuring special on-set photography and studio portraits by Brigitte Lacombe, unit photography by Niko Tavernise and a text by author and film critic Tom Shone, this stunning monograph takes readers behind the scenes and examines the making of The Irishman in the context of Scorsese’s expansive career.
AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS
Portraits of Interiors is a book about the oasis of home and includes seventeen projects in America, Belgium, England, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Axel Vervoordt Company’s first work in India, Russia, and Japan. The book’s guiding concepts are seeking a universal spirit of life and the emotional feeling of oneness that a home can provide. Through 320 pages, the images and text explore the search for an equilibrium between architecture, art, and nature to create the environment of the home in which people make the difference.
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