One of the best things about fall (aside from oversized sweaters and mulled wine) is that it’s the time of year when all the big (and small) book publishers release their must-have reads for the holidays. Just down the street from us in Culver City lies Arcana Books, a light-filled indie book haven that was not only designed by the genius architecture team at Johnston Marklee —they also created our gorgeous velvet freestanding stores—it also carries the most swoon-worthy assortment of everything from out-of-print and rare to the newest in art, fashion, design and music tomes. So, to help you on your quest of cultural enlightenment, eye candy and gift giving, we asked owner Whitney Kaplan (who runs this amazing indie retail spot with her husband Lee), for her top coffee table picks.
Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965–85 (Reel Art Press/Morton-Hill)
This is the first monograph of West African photographer Sory Sanlé. Stunning portrait photography from an under-the-radar but critically, politically and professionally revered snapper.
The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design (Abrams Books)
For any design aficionado. This book introduces the men and women who invented and shaped Midcentury Modern graphic design in America.
Radical Women—Latin American Art 1960-1985 (Random House)
This gorgeous tome examines the work of more than 100 female artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, and other experimental media.
David Hicks Scrapbooks (Vendome Press)
Famed British interior designer, David Hicks, wowed the decorating world with his bold use of prints, color and quirky furniture combos. Here his son, Ashley Hicks, has put together the most inspiring pages from his late father’s scrapbooks.
Alec Sloth: Sleeping by the Mississippi (Mack)
Photographer Alec Sloth takes large format portraits of the people, landscapes and interiors along the Mississippi River. First published in 2004, it has sold through three editions and this new release is still as hauntingly beautiful and ever.