5 Coffee Table Books We Love Spotlighting Black Talent, Culture, and Creativity

by Chinea Rodriguez

 

 

Coffee table books are an underrated piece of decor you need. The glossy pages can make the perfect conversation piece for your coffee table but they can also be stacked and arranged to complement your decor. Opt for books that fit your decor style, taste and interests from high fashion favorites to culture and photography books. To get you ready we’ve found a few of our favorites to shop, share and gift in time for the holidays. Read on to see our picks, from high fashion collections to shelf-worthy photography books. 

 

 

Image via Penguin Random House

 

1. Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

A collection of works ranging from stunning imagery and poetry to recipes, memes, and conversations with activists, this work pulls back the curtain on the pulse of Black culture of this age. The simple black cover with holographic lettering offers a sleek indoor presence to enhance the modernity of your space, while the interior presents an incredible compilation of thought provoking content. Highly creative, and exquisite in its composition, this book documents the present times we are living in, while forecasting the exceptional strides ahead for Black creators.

 

Image via Antwaun Sargent 

 

2. The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent 

Curated and written by Antwaun Sargent and featuring work from photographers including Micaiah Carter, Quil Lemons and Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer to shoot a cover story for Vogue, this book is an exploration of the Black body in the world of art fashion and photography. Of course the photos and conversations inside are just as stunning and thought-provoking as the cover, this is one book you’ll want displayed front and center. 

Image via Abrams Books

3. Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion by Marcellas Reynolds

The name says it all! This is a celebration of the iconic Black models who paved the way and revolutionized the fashion industry. Over 70 women are inside, from trailblazers like Iman and Donyale Luna to Beverly Johnson; all of which are some of the first Black models to land on major covers. It further highlights icons like Naomi Campbell and the newest generation of models. This is a must-have for fashion lovers. 

 

Image via British Vogue

4. I Can Make You Feel Good: Tyler Mitchell by Tyler Mitchell

If you loved Tyler Mitchell’s history-making Beyoncé Vogue cover, you’ll love his curated collection of photographs. I Can Make You Feel Good is a celebration and exploration of Mitchell’s vision of a Black utopia. Capturing vibrant colors and the richness of Black skin with natural light as if it was taken from a movie, his book is a must have for lovers of photography and film. 

 

Image via Printed Matter Publishing

5. Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful by Tanisha C Ford, Deborah Willis & Kwame Brathwaite

Lastly, we have another great choice with a standout cover that is even better on the inside, this features the work of photographer Kwame Brathwaite. His work is the embodiment of the slogan he popularized “Black is Beautiful” capturing beauty in many forms. The book features words by Tanisha C. Ford and Deborah Willis. It’s a must-have for lovers of fashion and photography. 

Featured Image Tyler Mitchell via Vogue

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