Coffee Table Tomes To Read This Winter

FROM THE NORTH

In this glossy hardcover, 150 influential Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish artists are profiled, and accompanying essays examine the social context of each region. They present the argument that it doesn’t necessarily take a period of political upheaval and uncertainty to inspire a powerful art movement; rather, a balanced and peaceful society can offer the perfect foundation for a blossoming design community.

Nordic Book
Nordic Contemporary: Art from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, $95, edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Sophie Braine (Thames & Hudson).

REFRAMING FASHION

Yamamoto & Yohji, an impressive new coffee-table book, celebrates the avant-garde work by contemporary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. The 428-page tome is organized into several sections that expand on crucial parts of Yamamoto’s career including runway presentations and costume design. Each section is illustrated with beautiful photography and impactful essays that delve into the success of his anti-fashion approach. – Lisa Felepchuk

 

Yamamoto & Yohji with contributions by Charlotte Rampling, Jean Nouvel and Wim Wenders, published by Rizzoli, New York.
Yamamoto & Yohji with contributions by Charlotte Rampling, Jean Nouvel and Wim Wenders, published by Rizzoli, New York.

THROUGH HIS LENSE

It’s been 25 years since Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, yet he remains one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. His powerful work is celebrated in an impressive new tome that includes over 140 stunning images that span his career. – Sahar Nooraei

Robert Book
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography edited by Germano Celant, published by Rizzoli, New York.

STRIKE A POSE

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha has undeniably earned the title of Queen of Poses. In a striking 2000 page hardcover, “Study of Pose” explores the flexibility and form of the human body through stunning black and white photography.

Study of Pose by Coco Rocha, published by Harper Collins.
Study of Pose by Coco Rocha, published by Harper Collins.
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