A great living room isn’t complete without the perfect coffee table.

What once was just a place to rest one’s coffee in between sips has now turned into an essential and interesting piece of furniture. The right coffee table can be a true piece de resistance in a room, but it doesn’t stop there. Coffee table decorating is a true art-form.

One popular way to decorate a coffee table is with an artful stack of coffee table books.

 

Last year, the New York Times wrote an article about the 30 best coffee table books. Since I can’t top the NYT, I decided to include some of them here:

A reissue of Salvador Dali’s cult 1973 cookbook (there were only 400 copies published), Dali: Les Dîners de Gala. This gorgeous book features recipes and trippy photo collages from the over-the-top dinner parties the artist threw with his wife Gala, where guests were required to wear costumes and dine on odd dishes like veal cutlets stuffed with snails and toffee with pine cones.

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Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala, by Salvador Dali$36, Amazon

Portraits of Lower East Side artists and writers during the ’70s and ’80s (among them Susan Sontag, Robert Wilson, Fran Lebowitz, Joe Brainard) from the late great photographer Peter Hujar.

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Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown$20, Amazon

For a jet-setting type: This box-set includes ten tomes filled with photographs by Alessandra d’Urso of fabulous Europeans enjoying luxurious long weekends at the Borghese palace in Montevettolini, Jacques Garcia’s Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy, and private islands off of Cartagena.

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For Friends, by Alessandra Borghese and Alessandra d’Urso$84, Amazon

The second volume (here’s the first) of artists reinterpreting famous movie posters including Pee Wee’s Big AdventureDazed and ConfusedDonnie DarkoBack to the Future, and Labyrinth.

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Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art From the Underground, by Matthew Chojnacki$30, Amazon

For years, photo collector Jochen Raiss scoured flea markets and old shoe boxes in search of photographs of women sitting in trees. This book is the delightful (somewhat nonsensical) result.

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Women in Trees, by Jochen Raiss$25, Amazon

These are just a few of the amazing books out there. For the rest of the New York Times’ picks, head over to their site to read the full article.