All people are drawn to a form of opulence, dependant on where their interest lies. In this modern world rich with luxury interests that fill our Instagram feeds and adorns shop windows it is difficult not to be attracted to the best of the best. From illustrious photographic portfolio of fast cars and designer clothes, glamorous holidays and diamond watches, extravagance, lavishness and much much more, we devour and hoard these images; like magpies, drawn helplessly to shiny things.
Luxury is a word, concept and an idea that has captured the mind and interest of the world. It is an aspiration that has transcended centuries, empires and continents and has shaped our dreams and desires. Luxury has left behind a sensational and glittering history and only promises us an even more dazzling future. Whether we are able to experience it or just look upon it, we have become obsessed with the world of luxury.
What better way to celebrate this indulgent, glamourous and hedonistic life than by immortalising this world of extravagance and excess in a luxury item of its own right, a coveted coffee table book?
Scroll down to find our decadent list of sumptuous, luxury books that speak of and to this lavish life.
The Stylish Life: Yachting
Filled with stunning photographs that capture perfectly the glamorous and dreamy life of yachting, this book is as beautiful as the yachts it describes.
Rolls-Royce: Motor Cars
By Andreas Braun
A majestic car is worthy of its celebrity, and a book worthy of its subject. Braun presents us with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the meticulous design and craftsmanship that goes into this magnificent automotive.
Louis Vuitton: The Icon and the Iconoclasts: A Celebration of Monogram
By Jo-Ann Furniss
Synonymous with luxury and luxury lifestyle, Louis Vuitton’s monogram is ubiquitous in every high-end wardrobe. This limited edition book is packed with new and archival photography that speaks to the lavishness of this brand.
Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details
By Christiane Lemieux
‘Lemieux is an absolute authority on great design. [The Finer Things] is a must-have for any design-loving library. (And boy, does it look good on a coffee table).’ (Rue Magazine)
Luxury: A Rich History
By Peter McNeil
An exploration into how luxury, and our obsession with it, has transcended centuries. This is a delicious dive into the extravagant history of luxury.
Polo: Equine Warriors
By Bob Tabor
Bursting with spectacular photographs and art, this coffee table book is an outstanding tribute to this famous sport.
By Sixtine Dubly
A photographic guide to the history and culture surrounding ‘The king of trains and the train of kings’.
By Herbert Ypma
The ultimate guide for the intrepid traveller. This book is a beautifully curated collection of must see places around the world complete with stunning photographic images of each of the spectacular places Ypma visits.
Luxury Fashion: A Global History of Heritage Brands
By Caroline Cox
A homage to timeless clothes and brands whose designs have created a lasting legacy in this transient world of luxurious fashion.
One Savile Row: The Invention of the English Gentleman: Gieves & Hawkes
By Marcus Binney
Gieves & Hawkes is the most legendary bespoke tailoring in the world, this book explores the some of their finest male attire with a never-before-seen photographic archive.
Campioni: Dolce and Gabbana Soccer Players
By Domenico Dolce
Domenico Dolce, famous fashion designer, takes his turn behind the camera dressing world renowned male athletes in powerful and splendid clothes.
By Giambattista Valli and Francesco Clemente
Famed for his romantic fashion designs, this book pays homage to some of his most sensational and dramatic clothes, and is an art work in itself.
CHANEL: The Art of Creating Perfume: Flowers of the French Riviera
By Lionel Paillès and Pierre Even
This stunning collection of six books is not only a beautiful addition to any shelf, but also provides a candid behind-the-scenes look at the flowers which have made Chanel one of the most iconic parfumiers in the world.
Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours
By Jancis Robinson
An epic monument to the humble grape, this tome covers everything from cutting-edge DNA analysis to technical vine history. A must read for any budding or established connoisseur.
The Impossible Collection of Watches: The 100 Most Important Timepieces of the Twentieth Century
By Nicholas Foulkes
A breath-taking selection of timepieces that have broken the design mould, this book is utterly magnificent.