A quick stroll through the "Art and Design" section of any bookstore will tell you that there are a lot of coffee table books out there. Like, a lot. And while the astounding selection may excite (or overwhelm) many, the sheer volume of colorful texts you'd have to weed through to find those perfect ones would still be a laborious process, indeed.
Luckily, we've made that selection process easier. Our Chief Designer Mark Cutler has compiled a few of the coffee table books he's hand-picked over the years as the go-tos in his projects. As a professional interior designer, you can imagine he's seen a lot of coffee table books in his day—and while perhaps he hasn't made it through the entire section yet, we'll admit he's pretty dang close. Here are the five that made it to the top of his list throughout the years, and what gives them their edge: