There isn’t much that pulls me out of the extreme malaise of an Instagram rabbit hole, but there is, however, one unfailing exemption. That is, the premise of spotting someone’s coffee table; with my thumb firmly pressed onto the screen to freeze frame their interior, my tapping frenzy is brought to a halt as I squint to decipher the spines of their colossal hardbacks. But, how has a cumbersome compilation of words and illustrations come to bear such cultural prominence?
No doubt they serve their purpose of curating an aesthetically pleasing home, but a coffee table book epitomises something greater. They’re a dinner-party conversation starter, a first date ice-breaker or – if we’re being honest – a very pricey place to rest your cuppa.
Whilst Douglas Sirk believed that the “homes that people live in exactly describe their lives”, the same could be said about their coffee-table companions when describing an individual. From architectural landscapes to vintage cocktail recipe guides, every cover is less an ornament and more a window into the soul of its owner.
This Christmas, should you find yourself trapped within the quandary of yuletide spending, gift someone the opportunity to live vicariously through one of House of Coco’s tabletop requisites. Just try not to spill on the pages.