Coffee table books are a great way to define your space and keep your mind active. They allow you to express yourself and provide something to flip through in the in-between moments of your day. Plus, they make a great first impression when inviting someone over for the first time.
Below, we’ve assembled the Top 10 coffee books for men.
From 1975 to 1976, Kim Gottlieb-Walker took a remarkable photographic journey through Jamaica, capturing the reggae scene in stunning black-and-white. Her ability to find the candid moments that unveil the contours of the soul results in images that stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.
This collection shows the people who created the music you love in the settings that gave rise to the sounds of reggae. These intimate portraits include everyone who was anyone in the burgeoning reggae scene of the 1970's, including Toots Hibbert, Jacob Miller, Bob Marley, and more.
With this book, author Shantrelle P. Lewis gives us an insight into some of the most forward thinking, vibrant male fashion around today. Lewis balances this with a historical perspective on the Dandy Lions.
Focusing on the high-styled dandies inside black culture, the book gives you everything you could ask: color, inspiration, and an insight into the human condition. It strikes a balance between social history and visual feast.
A book project spearheaded by Gucci promises style, and focusing on the perspective of renowned designer and haberdasher Dapper Dan lends this book a compelling angle. The sumptuous photography captures the elegance and vitality of Dapper Dan’s designs, all brought together in the kind of handsome volume you’d expect from a Gucci book.
Gucci is only printing 500 copies, making this the hottest item for the coffee table since the invention of the coffee mug.
This touchstone in the philosophy of combat can now be yours in a large format. This is sure to impress your allies and intimidate your enemies!
Men from all times and backgrounds have found insight from The Art of War, from CEO’s to activists, young dreamers to established fathers. It’s universal lessons are essential reading, and this new presentation is a perfect way to enjoy its timeless wisdom.
This powerful tome is a guide to overcoming struggle through meaning. Author Victor Frankl wrote the book using his experiences as a victim of the Holocaust. He combines those events with his theories of logotherapy — healing through meaning.
It’s a harrowing account with a hopeful message. That has made it essential reading since it was published in 1946.
Leo Robitschek is a renowned bar director for a reason: his drink making system is probably the best you’ll ever find. This book catalogues more than 300 cocktail recipes, one for every occasion, along with a comprehensive guide to the art of making the perfect drink.
This is a book every man should have. It teaches you an essential skill with a premium presentation. Just make sure you don’t try all the cocktails in one sitting.
To this day, Rumi’s poetry might be the grandest single poetic vision in world literature. His control of images and dispatch of profound insight deliver both warmth and shattering truths, sometimes all in the same poem.
These works are important to round out your understanding of the written word, but more importantly, these expand your understanding of yourself and the universe you live in. If you haven’t ever read Rumi, it’s time you start. If you have, it’s probably time to return.
Akira Kurosawa might be the greatest filmmaker of the 20th century. His confident depictions of grand samurai battles live side-by-side with his domestic dramas — Kurosawa could do it all. In this book, film historian Peter Cowie explores the filmmaker’s process and life story. This narrative is accompanied by production stills, concept art, and promotional material.
What the reader comes away with is a deep appreciation of a master who fully committed his life to art. The book is also gorgeous and a joy to flip through during a lazy afternoon.
This enormous book delivers the best from Architectural Digest over its first 100 years of publishing. The retrospective dances back and forth between the work of leading designers and the interiors of the most fashionable people on planet Earth.
The sweep of ten decades gives you plenty of variety, with something for every taste, and it helps contextualize both the trends you love and the trends you hate.
This masterpiece by photographer Anouk Masson Krantz captures the great big American West as it is today. His work catalogues the lived experiences of real life cowboys and cowgirls and documents the surreal landscape in which they live.
Krantz’s photography is stellar, and the subject is stirring. It is difficult to look through this coffee table book and not feel the call to adventure in wide open spaces.
These 10 books lend for an intriguing conversation with guests as well as a broadened awareness of art and culture. Are there any other books we need to add to this list?