It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time for our annual list of our favorite coffee table books. The MDI team loves beautiful coffee table books because they’re inspiring, fun to give and get as gifts, and look great stacked up in a cozy living room or guest room. So – without further ado, here’s our 2018 list of favorite coffee table books:
A Slice of England by India Hicks
We were hoping India Hicks would follow up her beautiful book Island Style with a look at her home in Oxfordshire, England. This new book covers family homes and estates, her father’s famous garden, and her new home America Farm. Not only does she write about her life in England from the viewpoint of a designer, she lets the reader peek into her favorite pubs and markets.
Ibiza Bohemia by Renu Kashyap and Maya Boyd
Off the east coast of Spain lies the legendary island of Ibiza. This photo book is jam packed with colorful photos of landscapes, homes, and slices of bohemian life. This book will inspire you to splash some color and texture around your interiors, but it also may just inspire you to slow down and live more simply.
Havana: Split Seconds by Abe Kogan
As Airbnb pops up around Cuba, Havana is changing. This gorgeous book captures images of the architecture, people, restaurants, cars, and landscapes just before Cuba opened to Americans in 2015. An instant classic for anyone who dreams of finally being able to make the journey.
May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses by Wendy Goodman
Wendy Goodman is one of those people who is liable to turn up anywhere. With her uncanny entrée into celebrity homes, she’s created a collection of interior photos that are unusual, inspiring, and deeply personal.
Fashion Climbing: A Memoir of Photographs by Bill Cunningham
Bill Cunningham was an American fashion photographer famous for street photography. Humble and unassuming, Harvard-educated Cunningham quietly went about documenting fashion for decades. To everyone’s surprise, the artist left behind a memoir complete with never-before-published photos.
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses by Alan Hess
For the first time Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes have been compiled into one comprehensive collection. Showcasing 289 photos and floor plans, this is the ultimate Bible for architecture aficionados.
Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand
For nearly a decade French photographer Sophie Gamand has been a tireless advocate for homeless dogs. Her advocacy takes the form of sweet, funny, and beautiful photos of canines – some of which were exhibited at Charleston’s Vendue Hotel in 2018. Wet Dog is a fun-loving collection of adorable photos of dogs just out of the bath or just off the beach. Who doesn’t love a wet dog?
We are wishing you a delightful and restful holiday season – curl up with a good book and enjoy.