As much as we love to dive into a haunting novel, there is something to be said about the instant inspiration that comes from leafing through a book of stunning art or design. And let’s be honest, sometimes our attention span isn’t up to the challenge of conquering a wordy 500-page tome.
With an explosion of new poetry, new designs and coffee table readings on the scene, we thought we would do the heavy lifting for you and curate our absolute favorites. Coming up, check out this spring’s new books (plus some essential coffee table reads you might have missed) from the most inspiring and creative minds among us. Whether you are a lover of decoration, poetry, travel or plants, there is something for everyone.
Great women artists, $ 43. Discover artists you may have missed in your male-centric art history lessons in this in-depth survey of over 400 leading female creators spanning the past 500 years.
Directions: great tips for getting from here to there by Hallie Bateman, $ 12. instructions features handwritten statements and observations by artist Hallie Bateman that are uplifting, relevant and humorous. Browsing through the collections, you feel like you’ve come across a fortune cookie truth written just for you.
Ibiza Bohemia (Classics) by Renu Kashyap and Maya Boyd, $ 95. Ignite your urge to travel with this breathtaking photo series that shows why this Mediterranean place has been such a hotspot for escape.
Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Dominic Bradbury, $ 118. Fans of nostalgia will love browsing the pages of this stunning visual, which features the works of famous architects like Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer and hundreds of other design icons.
Apricot memories by Tess Guinery, $ 17. Guinery’s book of poetic reflections (printed on apricot-colored pages, of course) serves as an exploration of love, growth, motherhood, and vulnerability that invites the reader to unleash their own creativity.
Escape by Gray Malin, $ 36. This quintessential art book goes beyond the iconic shots of Malin Aerial Beach and captures incredible vacation spots like Aspen, Namibia, Bora Bora and more to fuel your perfect getaway.
Film for her by Orion Carloto, $ 17. This visual diary features prose, poetry, short stories, and photographs from the famous YouTube poet and makes it seem like you’re sifting through someone’s intimate DIY album. Warning, this may just inspire you to be in your feelings.
By the pool with Slim Aarons by Slim Aarons, $ 58. Featuring Slim Aarons’ signature in the lives of wealthy jet-setters, this collection of photographs will be the star of your art book rotation.
Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, $ 24. This essential food read captures recipes from some of the most interesting and famous female chefs, bakers and food stylists of our time.
The Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey, $ 32. Further your artistic education as you uncover previously overlooked stories of 20th-century black artists during one of the most revolutionary eras in American history.
Humans by Brandon Stanton, $ 18. The humans of New York Trailblazer Brandon Stanton has traveled to over 40 countries to tell the resounding stories of what it means to be human.
Flower: Explore the Blooming World by Phaidon Editors, $ 39. Flowers for spring? How revolutionary. But in this new collection, see how floral designs have been represented throughout history through art, film, textiles, and more.
Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS. by Virgil Abloh and Nike, $ 70. Bring color to your library in a major way with this innovative dive into the creative process of Virgil Abloh during his collaboration with Nike. The end result is an unmissable ode to design for true sneakerheads.
The Bright Book: a creativity workbook designed to help you shine by Jessi Raulet, $ 25. Also known as EttaVee, Jessi Raulet brings her daring pattern set to life in this creative binder. Once you feel inspired enough by all of the amazing readings above, tap into your own creativity by following the directions for collage, journaling, painting, and more.