By KATHY MEGYERI
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Coffee table books – filled with gorgeous art, photography and wisdom – appeal to a wide variety of tastes and make lovely eye candy for the home. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites published in 2018.
HOUSES BY THE SHORE: At Home with the Water: River, Lake, Sea, by Oscar-Riera Ojeda and Byron Hawes, published by Rizzoli, 336 pp.
Thirty-five spectacular new homes overlooking
the sea, lake, river and ocean are selected for their beauty and variety from across the globe. From the modernist homes on the sands of the Gulf of Mexico to the romantic Greek Islands, to South Africa and New Zealand, each demonstrates ways that today’s leading architects and interior designers build tasteful homes and rooms with a view. Both authors are award-winning, world renowned writers and designers.
ANIMAL KINGDOM: A Collection of Portraits, by
Randal Ford, published by Rizzoli, 176 pp.
These 150 stunning studio portraits of furry and
feathered species will thrill those who appreciate
the beauty, power and humor of wildlife.
Celebrated photographer Randal Ford, an award winning
commercial and fine arts photographer,
shows each animal’s face, expression, mood and
personality in close-up, making each appear
natural, confident, and almost human-like.
WHISKEY IN A TEACUP: What Growing Up in The South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits, by Reese Witherspoon, published by Simon and Schuster, 256 pp.
Oscar-winning actress, producer and entrepreneur Witherspoon throws open the front door and invites you into her world in this New York Times bestseller about southern-style food, parties, home décor and traditions. Borrowing words from her grandmother Dorothea, she says southern women are “whiskey in a teacup” – “delicate and
ornamental” on the outside, but “strong and fiery” within. She dishes out southern recipes (like her grandmother’s fried chicken), secrets to perfect hot-rolled hairstyles, a guide to frog-catching (if that’s on your bucket list) and the skinny on midnight barn parties, backyard bridal showers, and special Christmas mornings.
PATTI HANSEN: A Portrait, by Ivan Shaw, published by Abrams Books, 231 pp.
You may recognize supermodel Hansen from 70s magazines like Vogue and Glamour. This deluxe
book catalogs the era of seventies fashion and
culture through Hansen, who was discovered at a
Staten Island hot dog stand and became the “girl
next door,” an all-American beauty standing 5’9”
tall. Now 62, Hansen has been married to Rolling
Stone’s Keith Richards for 35 years. She’s survived
breast and bladder cancer and is an activist for
autism. This book was recently launched at the
National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren, published by Rizzoli,192 pp.
WWD’s first book on an individual designer shares its vast trove of never-seen-before archival photographs and illustrations to reveal
the story of Lauren, a preeminent influencer of
American fashion. Collections include menswear,
womenswear, accessories, fragrances and
home decorating items. The award-winning
designer is also known for his philanthropic and
WALK THIS WAY: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, by Edward Maeder, published by New York Historical Society, 208 pp.
Surprisingly, shoemaking was America’s
second largest industry after agriculture in 1850.
Now objects of desire and symbols of sexuality,
power and aspiration, shoes have risen above
their utilitarian purpose. Photos of over 100
shoes from the shoe designer’s extensive private
collection, assembled over 30 years, tell the story of their production, collectability, presentation and consumption. Vintage pieces and fantasy shoes from unusual materials demonstrate the evolution of shoe design.