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Not only do coffee table books look stylish when stacked, but they make great conversation starters as well. As a bonus, decorative books for a coffee table also make easy and affordable gifts, so whether you are shopping for your own coffee table or someone else’s, explore books about art, travel, cars and more at Borsheims. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort and Drama Book 6DESK0141 0.00 In her first book, Elle Decor A-List decorator Ashley Whittaker shares the secrets of her colorful, pattern-filled classic rooms. Ashley Whittaker’s work is distinctively classic and sophisticated, but also inviting and warm. Dubbed a neo-traditionalist, she fearlessly marries adventurous colors and patterns in rooms yet still manages to retain a sense of elegance and restraint. In The Well-Loved House, she shares a selection of dwellings, from gracious Connecticut estates to chic Manhattan pieds-à-terre to waterfront beach houses on the Florida coast, most exclusively photographed for this book, including her own house never before seen. Whittaker believes houses are meant to be beautiful, but also lived in and enjoyed, and she shares her knowledge and strategies for achieving this interplay. Within each house, Whittaker offers guidance on furniture plans, complementing the architecture of a space, playing with color, and mixing pattern. She explains why it is important to have consistent threads throughout a home, but also contrast and juxtaposition. The results are stunning: Bohemian patterns mix with classic palettes; rich, saturated color mingles with highly polished finishes. Lacquered blue walls show off a collection of blue-and-white porcelain. An inviting L-shaped sofa and games table reinvent an unused library into a favorite space for socializing. Whittaker’s houses all share both a sense of drama and a sense of comfort—they are homes that welcome you at the end of a long day, homes for living, homes to love. Hardcover Borsheims
A Tuscan Adventure: Castello di Potentino: The Restoration of a Castle Book 6DESK0142 0.00 The fascinating story behind the revival of an ancient Italian castle and its enduring way of life. When Charlotte Horton and her family of British bohemians discovered an abandoned Tuscan castle, little did they know that they would transform it into a vibrant, modern locale. Nestled in the rugged terrain of Mount Amiata, Castello di Potentino was a dilapidated mess: roofs had collapsed and there was no plumbing or electricity. Following the arduous process of purchasing it from 24 different owners, they set to work renovating the 11th-century structure. In this enthralling account of revamping the Castello into a contemporary ode to Italian tradition, photographs by the late British fashion photographer Michael Woolley showcase the property, while Charlotte’s text dives into the renovation and life at Potentino. From a dramatic vaulted entrance hall to a starry ceiling mural, the interiors are bound to delight. Readers also learn about technical details, such as recycling materials, painting, and bureaucratic paperwork. A chapter dedicated to the land—complete with a vineyard and olive groves—displays Charlotte’s philosophy of self-sufficiency. This book is a must-have for those interested in Italian architecture and the Tuscan lifestyle, or anyone with the dream of restoring a castle in Tuscany. 224 pages. Hardcover. Borsheims
Roar!: A Collection of Mighty Women Book 6DESK0143 0.00 On the heels of Ashley Longshore’s successful I Do Not Cook, I Do Not Clean, I Do Not Fly Commercial comes Roar! A Collection of Mighty Women: inspirational portraits of the most culturally seminal women in history, created in the artist’s colorful signature style. Ashley Longshore now turns her eye toward badass women throughout history with Roar! A Collection of Mighty Women. Longshore’s pop art paintings are never shy of daring; her art makes noise, and her singular portraits of legendary stateswomen, artists, and notable women from all walks of life include Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Peggy Guggenheim, First Lady Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg, Queen Elizabeth II, Cleopatra, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Amanda Gorman, and even Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman! Many of these striking and vibrant portraits were previously exhibited at Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship store in New York. Accompanied by descriptions about what makes these women such significant and meaningful icons, Roar! is sure to be the perfect gift for women of all ages. 224 pages. Hardcover. Borsheims
Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World's Most Quiet Places Book 6DESK0146 0.00 In a world ever more congested and polluted with both toxins and noise, award-winning photographer Pete McBride takes readers on a once-in-a-lifetime escape to find places of peace and quiet—a pole-to-pole, continent-by-continent quest for the soul. We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but it is actually the void where we can hear the sublime notes of nature. Here, photographer Pete McBride reveals the wonders of these hushed places in spectacular imagery—from the thin-air flanks of Mount Everest to the depths of the Grand Canyon, from the high-altitude vistas of the Atacama to the African savannah, and from the Antarctic Peninsula to the flowing waters of the Ganges and Nile. These places remind us of the magic of being “truly away” and how such places are vanishing. Often showing beauty from vantages where no other photographer has ever stood, this is a seven-continent visual tour of global quietude—and the power in nature’s own sounds—that will both inspire and calm. 208 Pages. Hardcover. Borsheims
America's Great Forest Trails: 100 Woodland Hikes of a Lifetime Book 6DESK0147 0.00 America’s Great Forest Trails is an unprecedented showcase and practical travel guide to the finest woodland hiking opportunities, calling us to get out “into the woods” but also reminding us of the importance of leaving no trace through these fragile ecosystems. No other book combines the hiking-boots-on-the-ground guidance found here with spectacular photography and narratives that describe, motivate, and inspire the hiker in all of us. Featuring 100 outstanding hikes lasting from one day to several weeks, this photo-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for anyone looking to escape into America’s finest areas of wild beauty and to experience both the excitement and serenity of being among the trees—from armchair traveler to day hiker to experienced backpacker. America’s Great Forest Trails introduces readers to 100 hikes of a lifetime, from legendary trails to some that are scarcely known. The trails included range across the country: from the ancient Appalachians and the Pacific Coast’s uplift, to the Rockies, Desert Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Cascade Mountains, Olympics, and beyond to the wild terrain of Alaska and the islands of Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Readers get practical details about each trail and guidance on how to protect these special places so they remain alluring and rewarding to the generations ahead who seek both solace and adventure. 320 Pages. Hardcover. Borsheims
The Bucket List: North America: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small Book 6DESK0148 0.00 With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it is never too soon or too late to discover new sights and novel experiences throughout North America. When it is time to escape the ordinary, this guide is where you will find fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities: do something different, go beyond the tried and true, experience the U.S. and its neighbors anew. It is perfect for recent graduates, soon-to-be retirees, inveterate daydreamers, armchair travelers, and anyone dreaming about a much-needed break from the daily routine. The nation’s best travel experiences are organized by theme, with chapters divided by region and entries organized geographically and indexed by state. Among the wide array: natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, self-improvement vacations, sports-related endeavors, and more. Track Alaska’s “big five” (grizzly bear, caribou, gray wolf, moose, and Dall sheep) in Denali National Park, ski the Canadian Rockies, trace historic Route 66, make a pilgrimage to Elvis’s Graceland, or take a culinary tour through Mexico City. This volume is the perfect gift for passionate travelers—a coast-to-coast listing of museums, historical sites, monuments, islands, inns, natural wonders, and more. Also included are activities for people of all ages: be a zookeeper for a day, direct a movie, learn to play an instrument...the possibilities are endless. Hardcover. Borsheims
The Soul of Jewellery Book 6DESK0149 0.00 A comprehensive volume celebrating jewellery, featuring a broad range of artistic and intellectual perspectives. This volume offers unique and previously unpub­lished insight on the world of jewellery. Calling upon specialists from every creative and intellectual discipline—artist or composer, botanist or perfumer, novelist or philosopher—this reference volume exam­ines jewellery in all of its different facets, from anthro­pology to philosophy to art. Alongside its sensitive and cultural insight into the art of jewellery making, this volume is richly illustrated with drawings and archives from Maison Chaumet and photographs by Simone Cavadini and Julia Hetta that offer new perspectives on the jewel. This tome has been published in collaboration with Maison Chaumet. 288 pages. Hardcover. Borsheims
Lamborghini: Where Why Who When What Book 6DESK0152 0.00 A comprehensive official monograph that provides a complete history of one of the most renowned brands in the luxury automotive landscape. This lavishly produced volume features the complete collection of all the models produced by Lamborghini from 1963 to the present day, including special editions, unreleased models, and those that underwent significant evolutions. Stunning photography highlights the exquisite lines and lavish details of the vehicles, along with spectacular archival images and technical information celebrating the glamour and excellence of Italian automotive design. The book also includes information on the prominent designers, including Filippo Perini, Walter de Silva, Mitja Borkert, and Marcello Gandini, who created some of the company's most iconic models, such as the Miura, Countach, Aventador, Huracán, and the new Urus as well as astonishing prototypes such as the Marzal, Egoista, and the Terzo Millennio. This official book is dedicated to the history of the legendary Italian luxury sports car company that was founded in Sant'Agata Bolognese in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini. His dream was to create the perfect car and, more than half a century later, Lamborghini continues to produce sports cars that are sought after and renowned throughout the world for technical innovation, cutting-edge design, and stylish, original use of color. Borsheims
Animals Silently Judging You 6DESK0153 0.00 This book is here to give us all the side eye, showcasing our friends from the animal kingdom at their very sassiest. If the utter chaos of recent world events has taught us anything, it's that people are bad at making decisions. So, in uncertain times, we need someone to tell us like it is - and that someone is animals. As its title suggests, this book is literally just pictures of animals silently judging you and your life choices. Some of these include: a monkey who knows what you did last night, giraffes who can't believe you're wearing that, cats who just can't, and a corgi who isn't angry - just disappointed. Toward these sage angels we must turn, in these weird times for humankind, to help us make better decisions - for ourselves and our furry friends who are, honestly, kind of embarrassed. Borsheims
Architecture Unbound A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde 6DESK0155 0.00 Examines the influence of twentieth-century avant-garde movements on the contemporary architectural landscape through the work of “disruptors” such as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid. With an irregular format designed by celebrated graphic designer Abbott Miller of Pentagram. In Architecture Unbound, noted architecture critic Joseph Giovannini proposes that our current architectural landscape ultimately emerged from transgressive and progressive art movements that had roiled Europe before and after World War I. By the 1960s, social unrest and cultural disruption opened the way for investigations into an inventive, antiauthoritarian architecture. Explorations emerged in the 1970s, and built projects surfaced in the 1980s, taking digital form in the 1990s, with large-scale projects finally landing on the far side of the millennium. Architecture Unbound traces all of these developments and influences, presenting an authoritative and illuminating history not only of the sources of contemporary currents in architecture but also of the twentieth-century avant-garde and the twenty-first-century digital revolution in form-making, and profiling the most influential practitioners and their most notable projects, including Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House, Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the World Trade Center, Rem Koolhaas’s CCTV Tower, and Herzog and de Meuron’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Borsheims
Parks of the 21st Century: Reinvented Landscapes, Reclaimed Territories 6DESK0156 0.00 We are in the midst of a worldwide golden age of park creation, and featured here are powerfully telling examples at the forefront of this renaissance. Parks are essential to our well-being; this has never been clearer than it is today, and a recent surge of park development offers us much to celebrate. Parks of the 21st Century presents 52 parks in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and China that have turned despoiled and polluted land (including former factories, railroads, and industrial waterfronts) into beneficial landscapes. Landscape architects have been referred to as “the first environmentalists,” and Parks of the 21st Century shows how parks are being designed as proactive, dynamic green spaces. The High Line in New York is an early example of how an obsolete railroad could be transformed. Opened in 2009, it now attracts nearly 8 million visitors a year. In addition to providing public open space, these renewed landscapes offer economic revitalization and large-scale environmental improvement. Among the parks featured in this book are designs by well-known professionals such as James Corner Field Operations, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Kongjian Yu/Turenscape, and Catherine Mosbach. Borsheims
100 Dream Cars: The best of My Ride 6DESK0157 0.00 This collection of stories profiling one hundred beautiful vehicles (and their owners) is the ultimate gift book for car lovers. New York Times best-selling author and popular Wall Street Journal "My Ride" columnist A.J. Baime selects the one hundred cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles to fill the dream garage. Stunning photography and Baime's engaging essays celebrate everything drivers love about their cars--from technical specifications to satisfy gearheads to intangibles like a driver's relationship with his or her car--making it truly "my ride." You want fast? Step on the gas in a Koenigsegg CCX, '87 Lamborghini, or 1970 Pontiac GTO. You want classic? Here are the keys to a '62 Corvette, '57 Thunderbird, or 1930 BMW--the oldest Bimmer in the United States. You want cool? Take a '64 Shelby Cobra, Tesla Model X, or Aston Martin Vulcan for a spin. You want one-of-a-kind? How about a '52 Seagrave fire truck, '73 VW Thing, or the Batmobile? You also get to meet the owners. There's the story of a pizza-delivery man who dodges polar bears in his Hyundai in Barrow, Alaska; an NBA star who endures Los Angeles traffic by having his Tesla drive for him; and a retired Kentucky entrepreneur with a 22-foot-long 1937 Cadillac, which he calls "the biggest, baddest car that could exist." Borsheims
Lost New York: Part of Lost 6DESK0158 0.00 New York City locations that have been destroyed or altered during the last few centuries are profiled with photographs and stories about each loss.Profiles places in New York City that have been destroyed, altered, and/or demolished during the twentieth century, with photographs of the original structures, background information, and stories about memorable individuals. Borsheims
Schumann's Whiskey Lexicon 6DESK0159 0.00 A completely updated new edition of the classic guide to the whiskeys of the world by the whiskey expert from Charles Schumann's famed Schumann's bar in Munich. This critically acclaimed guide to whiskeys of all types is back in print with its comprehensive coverage of every conceivable whiskey in precise, detailed, easy to understand yet delightful to read descriptions. While specially designed for quick and easy reference, the book is tastefully produced and handsome in its own right--the perfect gentleman's gift. Featuring over a thousand entries, this handbook discusses the world's leading and lesser-known whiskeys, making it an ideal source for the aficionado and the budding novice alike. Every traditional type of whiskey is included: Scotch single malt, blends, vatted malts, single grains, and Irish, as well as those from the new world (bourbon, rye, and Canadian). The book also takes a serious look at trendy new whiskeys emerging from Japan and continental Europe and explores how unique flavors are created through variations of ingredients, distilling techniques, and aging. Organized alphabetically in the style of a dictionary, the volume is rounded out with additional advice on serving, collecting, and storage. Every manner and nuance of whiskey is discussed between the book's elegant covers. Borsheims
The Art of the Wedding Book 6DESK0162 0.00 Whether intimate or grand in scale, every couple wants to create a memorable wedding that feels personal and completely unique to them. The enchanting weddings featured here showcase imaginative ideas for a wide range of celebrations, from a cozy affair on a rustic ranch to a vibrant seaside celebration to a sophisticated dinner in a city mansion. Proprietors, wedding planners, florists, and chefs offer their insights on everything from distinctive invitations and stunning floral designs to creative cakes and inviting table settings, culminating in the ultimate go-to resource for weddings. Borsheims
Thomas Jefferson at Monticello Book 6DESK0163 0.00 Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third president of the United States, designed his Virginia residence with innovations that were progressive, even unprecedented, in the new world. Six acclaimed arts and cultural luminaries pay homage to Jefferson, citing his work at Monticello as testament to his genius in art, culture, and science, from his adaptation of Palladian architecture, his sweeping vision for landscape design, his experimental gardens, and his passion for French wine and cuisine to his eclectic mix of European and American art and artifacts and the creation of the country’s seminal library. Each writer considers the important role, and the painful reality, of Jefferson’s enslaved workforce, which made his lifestyle and plantation possible. This book, illustrated with superb photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna, is a necessary addition to the libraries of those who love historical architecture and landscape design, art and cultural history, and the lives of prominent Americans. Borsheims
Frank Gehry: The Masterpieces 6DESK0164 0.00 Experimenting with a range of materials from cheap mass-produced items to space-age titanium, and using 3D computer modeling as an architectural tool, Frank Gehry’s buildings are remarkable and surprising, united by the sense of movement they convey. His projects flow, curve, bend, and crumple in novel and unexpected ways, subverting traditional building norms. From his own home in Santa Monica to the undu­lating Beekman Tower in New York, from the shining curves of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and his most recent construction, Luma Arles, Gehry has left his indelible mark on the history of architectural design. Forty of the renowned architect’s most remarkable works are presented by architect and critic Jean-Louis Cohen, alongside views of the interiors and exteriors of each building. This tour includes many of Gehry’s works throughout the United States and abroad, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the one-of-a-kind “Binoc­ulars Building” in Los Angeles, and the beloved “Dancing House” in Prague. Borsheims
A Garden for All Seasons 6DESK0165 0.00 A Garden for All Seasons captures Marjorie Post's garden landscape, set on twenty-five acres in Washington, D.C. Working with prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti, Richard Webel, and Perry Wheeler, Post envisioned a setting with a diverse and fascinating array of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, offering something to see in every season. Thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house's terraces and porches in a progression of outdoor rooms. Each of these spaces, meant to complement the mansion's interior rooms, encourages an intuitive flow from the French parterre to the rose garden, onto the Friendship Walk and the vast Lunar Lawn, location of many of Post's legendary entertainments. Readers will find inspiration in the newly commissioned photography, while historic images bring context to the beautiful landscape. Although she was in residence at Hillwood only in the spring and fall, Post designed the gardens to flower in all seasons. Today, they are even more glorious all year round for the myriad visitors to the property. Borsheims
Simon Pearce A Way Of Living Book 6HCCZ1887 0.00 This revised and expanded edition of A Way of Living celebrates what's changed and what's new in Pia and Simon Pearce's lives and work over the last ten years. The book introduces their growing family, takes the reader into their home and around their table, into their glass and pottery workshops, and behind the scenes where the chefs from the Simon Pearce restaurant have prepared delicious new recipes. To Pia and Simon, living simply with beautiful things, creating imaginative table settings with glass and pottery, and cooking good food with fresh ingredients go hand-in-hand in creating their way of living. Simon Pearce