For those who can't hop on a flight to Mykonos or Capri this summer, we decided to curate a collection of summery escapes in the form of coffee table books. Featuring coastal landscapes from Chicago to Cape Town, from Santa Monica to Saint-Tropez, we tried to include a little bit of summer (and glamour) for everyone. As the thing about coffee table books is that they are always on display and have the power to make you feel ‘forever jet-set’ and inspired - even when you're on staycation mode.
HERBERT YPMA, Nomad Deluxe Book
Renowned travel writer Herbert Ypma’s words tend to channel a deep-seated universal desire to jump on a plane. With 270 pages of stunning photography and a tour of 'hip and hidden' places around the world, it’s perfect for anyone with intrepid tendencies.
ABRAMS BOOKS, Slim Aarons: Women
Featuring iconic personalities like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, Slim Aaron’s talent for capturing some of the most glamorous locations and people around the world instantly evoke a feeling of sun-kissed, high society vacations.
From Hawaiian Mai Tais to Pink Bikinis, this cheery little cocktail book will inspire instant coastal living and make you feel like a tiki bar tender in no time.
GRAY MALIN, Beaches
Way before drones, Gray Malin was taking aerial photographs from doorless helicopters and challenging conventions of perspective, shape and scope. This beautiful anthology of beaches will make you feel like you’ve just vicariously surfed, swam, relaxed on beaches the world over.
TASCHEN, Surfing: 1778-2015
Featuring over 900 colorful images, taken both on and off the water, this beautifully boxed coffee table book will evoke the feeling of relaxed beachy memories all year round. Even if you’ve never surfed, you’ll feel like a pro just dipping into it.
KATHERINE COLE, Rosé All Day
Organized by region, this oh-so-pretty book, takes you on journey of roses from idyllic hillside vineyards of France, to Italy and more. For those averse to drinking on an empty stomach, there’s a summer-inspired eats section with wine pairings too.
RIZZOLI, Christian Dior In The South Of France: The Château De La Colle Noire
Château de La Colle Noire rests within Provence and was acquired by Christian Dior in 1951. With stunning gardens that inspired many of the designer’s creations, most notably his celebrated fragrances, this never-before-published look at his private residence is a mouthwatering insight into the beautiful southeastern region of France.
ALINE COQUELLE AND GELASIO GEATANI: The Italian Dream Book
Exploring the history of Italian wine, behind the private gates of family castles and vineyards, this book by Aline Coquelle (the well-known globe-trotting photographer) and Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli (a member of one of the oldest aristocratic Italian families), is the epitome of luxe living from the foothills of the Alps to the hill towns of Tuscany…
TENEUES, The Stylish Life: Yachting
Featuring photos of royalty, business moguls, actors, and socialites as they unwind on the world’s best yachts, Kim Kavin’s ode to the stylish life will add instant glamour to the coffee table.
RANDOM HOUSE, Villa Astor: Paradise Restored On The Amalfi Coast
Founder of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, William Waldorf Astor’s spectacular Italian villa on the Amalfi Coast is a visual dream. Written by Astor’s great-grandson, the Right Honorable the Lord Astor of Hever, this peek inside the grand villa will whisk you back to the Gilded Age on the Italian coast.