The 55 Best Design Books to Add to Your Shelves This Fall | Best Coffee Table Books 2021 – Elle Decor

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We at ELLE DECOR are firm believers that no well-appointed home (or coffee table!) is complete without plenty of reading material. Fortunately, publishers this fall are offering an especially rich bounty of books that provide spread after spread of the world’s most inspiring design. Don’t know which ones to pick? We’ve done the work for you by selecting 55 of the best new design books out there. Whether you’re looking for a compendium of the hottest design talent today, a deep dive into the decor of an 18th-century French château, or the scoop on Marcel Breuer’s hard-partying social circle, we’ve got you covered. Go ahead and crack one open.
This book spans the globe across seven continents to showcase the world’s best rooms, from the 1940s to the present day.
Timeless Paris is exactly that. This book opens up the doors into centuries-old shops and ateliers to let readers experience what makes the City of Light shine.
Covering more than 300 African artists from the 19th century through today, this volume makes a strong argument for the diverse mediums and messages coming out of the African continent.
This stylish coffee table book celebrates 25 years of collaboration between the iconic French design house and the rebellious American architect.
Over the course of history, women creatives have been largely overlooked in the office (“We don’t embroider cushions here,” Le Corbusier famously sniped at a young Charlotte Perriand) or nudged out of the design canon altogether. This volume seeks to set the record straight by highlighting the contributions of more than 200 female architects, product designers, and graphic designers.
ELLE DECOR A-List designer Jacques Grange catches enthusiasts up on his most Recent Work, displaying 20 new residential projects that demonstrate his enviable style and coveted approach to decoration.
This book, which captures more than 200 works of art completed across more than two decades by the American visual artist Mickalene Thomas, is a powerful retrospective of one of the most versatile and influential creatives today.
As his last name might suggest, landscape architect Raymond Jungles is known for creating lush landscapes around the world. Escape with this latest monograph—Jungles’s fourth—celebrating his firm’s most recent body of work.
Everyone’s favorite English gentlewoman, Paula Sutton, muses on joy, furniture, and fun in this colorful book that will help you slow down and enjoy the simplest aspects of life at home.
Writer Helen Thompson pays tribute to both the ancient and the modern—and the special alchemy that occurs when the two meet—in this celebration of New Mexico homes, the third work in a trilogy.
Lewis Miller, known for his daring mash-ups of flower arrangements and street art, debuts his first book, showing the evolution of his one-of-a-kind work.
ELLE DECOR A-List designer Shawn Henderson makes his coffee table debut with this gorgeously photographed book that celebrates his effortless style.
Architects and Parish-Hadley alums Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian explore a career’s worth of collaborations with top designers, including the ELLE DECOR A-List designers Michael S. Smith, Nina Campbell, and Bunny Williams.
Cordelia de Castellane, the Queen of Chic and the artistic director of Dior Home and Baby Dior, spills her secrets to entertaining year-round. The new book features table-setting tips, recipes, and stunning photos from parties at her country estate.
This opulent coffee table book chronicles one of the most exuberant movements in design history: Art Deco. The tome, part of Assouline’s “Style” series, documents the era’s razzle-dazzle buildings, interiors, fashion, and decorative objects through lush photographs and illustrations.
Here, ELLE DECOR A-List designer Victoria Hagan shares 12 new projects and investigates the ways that our homes shape our lives.
In her first book, available in a limited edition of 2,500 copies, grande dame of quiet luxury Rose Uniacke takes us on a tour of her most impressive project yet—her own home. 
From Isamu Noguchi’s Japanese retreat to Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico ranch, photographer Leslie Williamson takes readers inside the homes of 15 acclaimed global artists. 
Pattern-loving designer Ashley Whittaker shares how to punch up any home with pattern and playful colors, including in an exclusive first look into her own.
Richmond-based designer Janie Molster offers readers tips on creating their own charming spaces through a tour of 12 of her colorful and eclectic interiors, including Molster’s “design lab”—her own home.
Jenni Kayne, a tastemaker and fashion designer known for creating relaxed, natural spaces, takes readers inside 12 quintessentially Californian homes of women she admires, from Courteney Cox to ELLE DECOR A-List designer Brigette Romanek.
In this book, mother-and-son team Clements Design present eight projects that exemplify the pared-back, elegant style their celebrity clients love.
This tome brings together images from 10 homes by esteemed designer Steven Volpe, complemented by celebratory essays by editor Mayer Rus.
Château de Haroué, one of France’s finest examples of 18th-century architecture and decor, is captured in this luxurious volume with images by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
In this monograph, Isabelle Stanislas, a designer with clients as illustrious as Cartier, Hermès, and the French president, makes a case for historical preservation, restraint, and ease.
Now more than ever, it’s important that architecture be reflective of its context and respectful of its environment. These tenets have been at the core of celebrated Texas architecture firm Lake | Flato, which showcases its most recent batch of residential design in this inspiring new tome.
It doesn’t get any more starchitect-y than Frank Gehry, and this book, written by renowned historian Jean-Louis Cohen, examines 40 of the brightest buildings in the Gehry solar system—from the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, to Luma Arles, his most recent project in France, to the architect’s own home in Santa Monica, California.
Don’t mind the doorman: Simon Upton takes you inside the most coveted interiors in the Big Apple with his photographs of the homes of Michael S. Smith, Stephen Sills, and other tastemakers.
The Mexico City–based interior designer Sofia Aspe shares a range of projects, from Mérida to Madrid, that she has completed with her all-female design team.
Brian D. Coleman celebrates the lush, residential gardens of the American Northwest in this vibrant book with photographs by William Wright.
For the past decade, architect Koichi Takada has strived to create architecture that is both inspirational and sustainable. This volume surveys his firm’s buildings to date, ones that are as conscientious of the environment as they are breathtaking.
“After women, flowers are the most divine creations,” Christian Dior once wrote. For the couturier, the rose was the most ravishing of all, as demonstrated in this lavish book that delves into the fashion house’s enduring fascination with the bloom—from textiles to fragrances.
Anne Walker takes us through Peter Pennoyer’s tour de force Rowdy Meadow—a stunning home featuring masterworks by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Josef Hoffmann, and Dagobert Peche, to name a few.
During the early 20th century, architect Marion Sims Wyeth came to define what a pleasure palace was all about—from palm-shaded swimming pools to flamboyant Mediterranean Revival details. This book highlights some of his most iconic projects, including Doris Duke’s Hawaiian retreat and a mansion that will remain in the history books for entirely different reasons—Mar-a-Lago.
This humorous book by approachable interior designer Andrew Howard breaks down how to create dignified, beautiful interiors—without hiring outside help.
The overstuffed English cottage archetype is nowhere to be found in this compendium by Helen Chislett on the clean, modern work of design studio Todhunter Earle.
A must for any interior design obsessive, this book presents a parade of some of history’s most iconic rooms, from early-20th-century titans like Elsie de Wolfe to ELLE DECOR A-List designers like Dimorestudio. Bonus: The attractive green damask cover sits pretty on any coffee table.
Australian interior designer Melissa Penfold uses her 30 years of expertise to walk readers through the elements of a successful interior, which you can use to upgrade your own space. 
The multidisciplinary Malaysian designer Jiun Ho tracks his travels, ideas, and work in this uniquely emotional interiors book.
Aerin and Jane Lauder share a personal look into the life of their legendary grandmother, Estée. Pieced together like a photo album, the collection presents the interiors, homes, and taste that defined one of beauty’s most iconic names.
Prospect.5, the New Orleans contemporary art triennial conceived in response to Hurricane Katrina, is celebrated in this catalog with essays by Naima J. Keith, Diana Nawi, and more.
You might never get the opportunity to have lunch with Yoko Ono, but this book brings you pretty darn close: Portrait of an Artist features a series of candid conversations with inspiring women—Miuccia Prada, Carrie Mae Weems, FKA Twigs, and Debbie Harry, to name just a few—at home. Polaroid portraits shot by author Hugo Huerta Marin lend the whole tome a feeling of immediacy and intimacy.
In Beachside, Hadley Keller takes us inside Windsor, the planned Florida community by Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, which boasts homes by designers John Stefanidis, Steven Gambrel, and more.
Thinking of painting your room hot pink, covering it in a lime green trellis, or lacquering it in a bright blue high gloss? Living in Color depicts rooms from every part of the rainbow.
Photographic titan Simon Watson presents 20 historic and sumptuous homes in this luxurious new book. 
Charlotte Moss fetes our collective fantasies in this new book, bringing together the likes of Christy Turlington, Gloria Steinem, John Grisham, and 122 other contributors for a one-of-a-kind gathering.
Take a journey with Tom Kligerman as the architect looks back on the places around the world that have inspired his work.
We couldn’t believe it when we heard that interior designer India Mahdavi—the doyenne of all things colorful—had yet to release a monograph. Now it’s here at long last, and it’s chockablock with enough Technicolor rooms to stave off the winter blahs.
From his mother’s green Wedgwood Jasperware, to a vintage collection of paperweights on display in a Kips Bay Showhouse room, to antique door knockers in a client’s foyer, the Canada-based interior designer Philip Mitchell gives readers a close-up look at the treasures inside his rooms. 
Visit the mountain, lake, and town homes where architectural duo Pursley Dixon have refined their sensibility, often in the embrace of natural materials and the natural world.
Building on her podcast Design Matters, Debbie Millman shares interviews with Amy Sherald, Milton Glaser, Isaac Mizrahi, and 52 others on the importance of design in our lives.
Be it a charming canal house, a hyper-contemporary residence, or a humble houseboat, the Dutch have always had a special relationship with their homes and a nonchalant ease when it comes to decorating them. This book invites you inside some of the Netherlands’ most inspiring.
Marcel Breuer’s houses—all angles and muscular materials—certainly bring the drama. But the same can be said of their patrons, according to this fascinating new book and corollary film from author and director James Crump. Through extensive use of archival materials and never-before-seen photos, Crump re-creates all the headiness of Breuer’s eclectic social circle.
Fans of the Brooklyn-based Workstead —a multidisciplinary design firm whose meteoric rise began with the completion of the borough’s Wythe Hotel a decade ago—will swoon over this compendium of its recent work. The book has a particular focus on Workstead’s residential projects, which exude an effortless sense of lived-in luxury.
Take a dive into the work of Slim Aarons, the iconic photographer who could capture the languid poolside hedonism of America’s elite better than anyone else. The book covers Aarons’s entire career, including never-before-seen archival material.

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