Published on June 4, 2017

One of the easiest ways to change up your decor for summer is to swap out your coffee table books for something lighter and brighter. Here are 10 top-shelf titles in art, design, and food that we’re loving right now.

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The New Roadie: Give Your Go-Drink a Serious Upgrade

And see all stories from the summer issue here!

A new two-volume set of French artist Yto Barrada’s satirical guides: A Guide to Trees for Governors and Gardeners and A Guide to Fossils for Forgers and Foreigners. 

Guide to Trees + Guide to Fossils by Jean Pascal-Hesse (Assouline)

Karen Mordechai, the creator of Sunday Suppers, translated her approach to cooking into a two-part anthology for cooking seasonally.

Simple Fare: Fall and Winter and Simple Fare: Spring and Summer by Karen Mordechai (Abrams)

Never before seen drawings from French furniture designer Maria Pergay, with an on-trend millennial pink cover. 

Maria Pergay: Sketchbook by Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant

Photographer and master essayist Teju Cole shares moments captured whiletraveling in this striking meditation.

Blind Spot by Teju Cole

Explore the visionary architect’s rarely seen works from the 1970s to the ’90s

Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings edited by Amira Gad and Agnes Gryczkowska

A celebration of Nordic influence on design, literature, lifestyle, food, and fashion, showcasing the diversity with more than 200 objects.

The Red Thread: Nordic Design by Anne Riis

Described as a “visual manifestation” of modernism, this book pays homage to the works by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and more.

Ornament Is Crime by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill

Team work makes the dream work for the 25 artists featured in this colorful number.

Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration by Ellen Mara De Wachter

Escape to the Mediterranean and explore Ibiza’a scenic Balearic cliffs and get a peek at the brightest interiors that showcase the island lifestyle. 

Ibiza Bohemia by Maya Boyd (Assouline)

A mix of recipes and conversations with artists, this eclectic cookbook is sure to inspire.

Salad for President by Julia Sherman (Abrams)

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