Last week we started off with the list of inspiring coffee table books. After finding so many great editions we wanted to share with you, we decided to make a sequel and bring you more ideas. Check them out below.
1 – Humans of New York
We are starting with one of the most popular coffee table books and a #1 New York Times bestseller. You have probably stumbled upon Humans of New York before as it began as a blog. In 2010, a photographer Brandon Stanton decided to go on the street and document stories of people he met. Besides the short life stories they told, he took a photo of each and posted it online. The blog and Facebook page became increasingly popular and now have millions of devoted followers. With 400 full-color photos, the book captures some of the most interesting people he encountered during the years.
BUY | $16.86
2 – 100 Diagrams That Changed the World
If you are interested in culture, history, science, or technology, this book is a perfect addition to your collection. In it, you’ll discover a hundred plans, ideas, theories, sketches, concepts, drawings, and illustrations that changed the history. Each one is arranged chronologically and alongside the diagram, you’ll find text that explains each one. Historic breakthroughs in the book go from primitive cave painting to complicated DNA diagrams, all the way to the newest technologies and gadgets like smartphones.
BUY | $10.87
3 – Logobook
Continuing with interesting designs, we present you the Logobook. A while ago, Guess the logo games became popular on smartphones and in 2009, the Academy Award-winning animated short Logorama was released. It was about the use of logos, corporate culture and signs of our times. This ultimate logo guide features approximately 7,000 logos together with the name of the brand, company that produces it, country, year of creation and info about the designers. In it, you’ll also find an essay on brand culture written by a French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky.
BUY | $71.76
4 – Beaches
Another New York Times Bestseller in this list is Beaches, a book written by Gray Malin. For those of you unfamiliar with the artist, he is known mostly for his unique aerial beach photography. This adventurous and artistic book is filled with inspiring beaches from all over the world. Specifically, the book features six continents and more than twenty cities. The photographs are playful, provide a visual escape and are dedicated to adventure and summer bliss.
BUY | $24.09
5 – Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images
This magical book includes portraits of best-known individuals in the world, in the last century. It includes 300 iconic portraits from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business, and politics. You will see the stars and titans of the 20th century caught in the spotlight. There are also a few introductory notes and essays by Graydon Carter, David Friend, and Christopher Hitchens. A real coffee table book in both weight and format.
BUY | $19.99
6 – Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
The Overview Effect is a feeling described by astronauts when they have the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. Inspired by this view, the book features more than 200 satellite images of Earth in all its glory, taken by numerous high‑resolution satellite cameras. You’ll find images of Earth’s industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature, giving you a new perspective, the one you have never have seen before.
BUY | $25.04
7 – Wanderlust: A Hiker’s Companion
This is a new book, released just a few days ago and is already a number one best seller in Amazon’s Lifestyle Photography section. It’s devoted to hiking and explores legendary routes, summits, hiking tips, and photographs. You’ll get insights of various routes like “exciting Canyon Trail in Zion-National Park, the spectacular El Caminito del Rey in Spain, the pilgrim trail on the holy Kumano Kodo in Japan or a mythical hiking path in the land of the giants in Norway”. Wanderlust is suitable both for beginners and pros as it is filled with hiking advice that can help everyone in their next adventure.
BUY | $39.51
8 – Underwater Dogs
Just like in the last list, we left the funniest one for the end. The name of the book Underwater Dogs is self-explanatory. An award-winning pet photographer Seth Casteel included over 80 portraits of lovable dogs jumping in the water. This book is surprising and funny, not to mention it will definitely bring you joy.
BUY | $11.20
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