The 30 Best Coffee Table Books To Give Your Living Room A Dose Of Smart Style

Tomes that are great to read and show off.

By Ashley Simpson, Bryan Hood 11/11/2022

There are few gifts more elegant than an artfully selected coffee table book. A well-designed tome is a holiday classic for a reason: It tells a story, doubles as a design object and ultimately makes a room, serving as a subtle (or not-so-subtle) interior statement. Who can forget how Tom Ford’s eponymous first monograph populated seemingly every celebrity home, adding a certain authoritative, high-octane touch to any space it graced? Likewise, a tasteful Slim Aarons monograph or the oeuvre of a top photographer are perennials. In short, the right physical book leaves an imprint no Kindle can.

When it comes to the best coffee table books, options are wide and seemingly never ending. This is where our curation comes in. We’ve leafed through the most promising of 2022’s many releases and zeroed in on the top coffee table books for everyone on your list. Whether their passion is sailing, travel, classic cars, minimalist architecture, maximalist design and beyond, we’ve got you covered. From the critically acclaimed, first English-language Piet Mondrian biography released in 50 years to an expansive exploration of era-defining yachts and monographs for the classic Hollywood devotee, look no further than the coffee table books below.


Best Gift for Warholites

Pop Art Style

 

Decades ago, Andy Warhol threw the art world on its head, bringing in a crayola-coloured satirization of contemporary life and predicting the social media era 40-plus years before Instagram launched. Assouline’s new monograph Pop Art Style, part of a larger series on style, traces the aesthetics and ethos of Warhol and his contemporaries in colourful, dynamic form. With enough industrial design objects, graphic arts and, of course, explorations of celebrity.

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Best Gift for Boaters

Riva Aquarama

 

Carlo Riva legend in the boating world is unparalleled, especially when it comes to runabouts. Celebrating his impact on the industry is this 208-page coffee table book, an expansive tome that offers interviews with Riva fans, including Simon Le Bon and Arpad Busson, along with historical pictures and contemporary images by photographer Oliver Pilcher.

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Best Gift for F1 Fanatics

F1 Heroes: Champions and Legends in the Photos of Motorsport Images

 

With 200-plus images spanning 70 years of Formula 1, F1 Heroes dives into the storied history of racing legends, taking the reader from the very first championship to Lewis Hamilton’s groundbreaking wins and an inside look at the early automobiles. This is as much a gift for classic car collectors as F1 fans. A few highlights include for early histories of Ferrari, Alpha Romeo and Maserati.

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Best Gift for Abstract Thinkers

Piet Mondrian: A Life

 

As a co-founder of the De Stijl movement and a leader in abstraction, the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s influence can’t be underestimated. This is the long overdue, critically-acclaimed, first English-language biography of the artist in 50 years, complete with previously unknown letters, archival material and a rich progressive exploration of Mondrian’s creative and personal development.

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Best Gift for Aspiring Screenwriters

A24 Screenplay Books

 

Production house A24 has changed how the public engages with the film studio, developing a cult following in the way once reserved for directors and movie stars. Now, the company is releasing the full original screenplays of some of their most beloved high-brow cinema. The true obsessive can dive into the collector’s editions of MoonlightEx Machina or Minari, the latter annotated with photographs from the director’s childhood and an original essay by poet Ocean Voung.

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Best Gift for Minimalists

Japanese Interiors

 

A love letter to Japanese interiors that takes you inside private homes from the city to the seaside, this Phaidon tome is an expansive showcase of the nation’s top architects and the generations they’ve inspired. The book surveys Japan’s renowned less-is-more design aesthetic—from the avant-garde to the traditional, with plenty to take in for minimalists.

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Best Gift for Hollywood Insiders

Annie Leibovitz

 

Annie Leibovitz is a photography legend, having lensed Hollywood’s A-list in theatrical, timeless images for many top magazines. Now, photography and film fans alike can sink into her expressive work, which range from intimate portraits of the late Queen Elizabeth to photojournalism made for Rolling Stone in the ’70s and iconic images of stars throughout the decades on set.

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Best Gift for Hypebeasts

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech

 

In his brief 41 years, the late Virgil Abloh left a deep imprint on fashion, music and culture en masse, breaking barriers as the first Black menswear artistic director of Louis Vuitton and redefining what it means to be a multi-hyphenate. Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech functions as a user manual to the creative polymath, decoding Abloh’s designs and taking you through his substantial output. Look for pieces from his personal archive, prototypes and deep dives into the designer’s use of language and references.

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Best Gift for Footballers

Football: Designing for the Beautiful Game

 

 

 

More than any sport, soccer is a universal game. It’s called the beautiful game for a reason. This catalogue approaches the sport from a design lens, delving into the development, details and innovations behind iconic cleats, stadiums and balls the world over. It includes though- provoking contributions from the players and designers alike.

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Best Gift for Cinephiles

Bob Willoughby: A Cinematic Life

Photographer Bob Willoughby led an extraordinary life, capturing the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and so many other legends of film and jazz from the 1950s through the 1970s . This large format monograph takes you inside his incredible career, where he was the first ever “outside” photographer hired by major movie studios–complete with insider stories from the sets of The GraduateRebel Without a Cause and many more.

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Best Gift for Chefs

Ghetto Gastro: Black Power Kitchen

 

From the Bronx-based culinary collective founded by Pierre Serrao, Jon Gray and Lester Walker, and James Beard Award-winning writer Osayi Endolyn comes the book Vogue called the year’s most important cookbook.” Inside, you’ll find 75 mainly plant-based recipes celebrating Black food and culture, interwoven with immersive storytelling, interviews, photography and other visuals. It’s a rich text filled with depth and mouth-watering eats, drawing inspiration from the Bronx’s diverse communities.

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Best Gift for California Dreamers

George Byrne: Post Truth

 

Photographer George Byrne’s monograph Post Truth is an optimistic take on Postmodernism, deconstructing Los Angeles’s urban sprawl and transforming its disparate pieces into a candy-coloured architectural utopia. The book’s pages reimagine the city in dreamy pastel form, referencing seminal California artists Ed Ruscha and David Hockney, while also calling to mind Miami’s Art Deco district. It’s a beautiful photographic ode to the city’s most picturesque corners, fit for anyone who loves Los Angeles or a good Pop Art moment.

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Best Gift for Bookworms

Joan Didion: What She Means

Written and curated by New Yorker contributor Hilton Als, What She Means explores the seminal author’s life and work through a visual lens, with contributions from 50 artists including Ed Ruscha, Brice Marden, Betye Saar and Andy Warhol. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves Didion’s poignant work. It also includes three previously uncollected texts by the writer.

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Best Gift for Escapists

St. Barth’s Freedom

 

A beautiful journey through the legendary calm and glamour of the wealthy Caribbean enclave, Assouline’s St. Barth’s Freedom is sure to transport you back through its pages. The rich monograph is enthralling and nostalgic at the same time, taking you from Eden Rock to the seaside with vibrant photography and over 200 hand-drawn illustrations.

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Best Gift for Maximalists

Gold: The Impossible Collection, Special Edition

 

This is for the person on your list for who already has it all. From Gustav Klimt to Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, haute couture detailing, royal crowns and so many other works of extravagance throughout history, this collector’s edition—with a hand-painted gold clamshell case—is a fantastical exploration of the precious metal. It’s extra from the inside out—both literally and figuratively.

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Best Gift for Ecologists

Botanical: Observing Beauty

A gorgeous exploration of the interdependence and creative tension between art and science, Botanical: Observing Beauty originated in an exhibition at Beaux-Arts Paris. The book touches upon jewellery, drawing, scientific illustrations–even video games–as it wonders through artistic explorations of botany. It’s a beautiful, clever gift for the botanist, and an elegant ode to nature.

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Best for Ski Bunnies

100 Slopes of a Lifetime

 

Celebrate winter’s beloved pursuit—and any ski bunnies in your life—with this gorgeous tome from National Geographic. Written by a former editor of Outside magazine, and featuring a forward by Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, the book shines a light on trails across an array of terrains and skill levels, from dramatic cross-country routes to experts-only back-country options.

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Best Gift for Architecture Junkies

How Architecture Tells: 9 Realities That Will Change the Way You See

 

Sculpting space has the power to shape life,” says Robert Steinberg, and this book of 200 full-colour photos showcases many of the ways in which architecture can do just that. A futurist, activist, storyteller and fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Steinberg spotlights how some of his public projects have helped raise up and bring together different communities, and how architecture can help spur social change and collective healing.

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Best Gift for Fine Art Lovers

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings

 

Take in the works of Frida Kahlo like never before with this large-format book celebrating the visionary Mexican artist. The collection traces Kahlo’s life and career through drawings, letters, photos, diary pages and images of her paintings—including pieces in private collections that have rarely been seen by the general public, and reproductions of works that have been lost or unseen for over 80 years. It’s the ultimate study of Kahlo’s work for her legion of admirers.


Best Gift for Sailors

Yachts: The Impossible Collection

 

Head out onto the high seas with this carefully curated anthology of notable vessels from throughout history. From the 1851 ship for which the America’s Cup was named and the J Class racing yachts of the early 1900s to the sleek megayachts of today (and tomorrow), these are the boats that broke the mould and helped to define their era. The book also spotlights how things like design, green technology, speed, luxury amenities and more have played a part in transforming the yachting seascape.

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Best Gift for Prepters

Polo Heritage

 

Born of the training cavalry units of Asia, polo has spanned continents and cultures to become one of the world’s oldest team sports, and the preferred “sport of kings.” Following a forward by legendary player Nacho Figueras, this book takes readers on a thrilling journey from Mongolia to Mexico, Barbados to India, for a look at some of the most prestigious tournaments, prominent polo families and notable grounds on grass, sand and snow.

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Best Gift for Fashionable Men

The Men’s Fashion Book

Hundreds of contributors—from designers and photographers to tailors, editors, models, stylists and more—came together to help create the first truly comprehensive look at men’s fashion from the last 200 years. The A-Z guide spans genres and styles, spotlighting everything from the enduring nature of suiting and the popularity of streetwear to influencers like the Jamaican “rude boys” and tailor Manuel Cuevas, the man responsible for Johnny Cash’s all-black look. Images culled from runway shows, magazine shoots, film stills, vintage ads and more help bring each entry to life.

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Best Gift for Car Collectors

The Porsche 911 Book

 

Dive deep into the iconic Porsche 911 with this 192-page hardcover that documents nearly every variant of the marque’s most beloved model. Originally released in 2013 for a limited run of 40,000 copies, the book was recently released in a revised edition, with text by Jürgen Lewandowski and photos by René Staud helping to bring to life the history, evolution and perennial appeal of this legendary ride.


Best Gift for Interiors Connoisseurs

Santa Fe Modern: Contemporary Design in the High Desert

 

Following the success of their books Texas Made/Texas Modern and Marfa Modern, author Helen Thompson and photographer Casey Dunn turn their spotlight on Santa Fe with this look at how architecture and design has evolved in the Southwestern city. The book takes readers into 20 contemporary and modernist residences to showcase how top architects and interior designers have been inspired by the high desert setting in their choice of styles, materials, form and more. Along the way, the text also offers historical context, expert insight and a look at some of the architects and artists who’ve made a big impact on today’s Santa Fe style.

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Best Gift for Dog Owners

The Golden Retriever Photographic Society

 

 

Over his illustrious career, photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber has shot everything from iconic fashion campaigns and portraits of countless A-listers to dramatic American landscapes. For nearly half a century, he’s been accompanied on his journeys by his beloved Golden Retrievers, who’ve often popped up in his photos. In this loving and personal new tome (which features a forward by Jane Goodall), Weber puts the focus squarely on man’s best friend, celebrating both his favorite breed and the ways in which one’s pets can fuel joy and creativity.


Best Gift for Travelers

Gray Malin: The Essential Collection

 

In 10 years, Gray Malin has gone from selling his prints at an LA flea market to venturing to all seven continents to create vivid shots that epitomize travel and escapism. This book chronicles the bestselling photographer’s first decade of work, and features images both signature—think the colourful aerial umbrella shots from Miami, Rio and Lisbon—to others that have never been published. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s having a bit of wanderlust or who needs a dose of sunshine to brighten up the winter.

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Best Gift for Lovers of True Luxury

Peter Marino: The Architecture of Chanel

 

Where fashion and architecture meet, there’s Peter Marino. For the last 25 years, the architect has helped create striking buildings for the venerable French label in destinations from New York to Nanjing, along the way helping to elevate luxury retail into fine art. This book of over 300 images includes original sketches, architectural plans, project descriptions and more to help transport readers to the 16 global Chanel outposts for which Marino designed both the exteriors and interiors.

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Best Gift for the Eco-Conscious

Koichi Takada: Architecture, Nature, and Design

 

Whether designing the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, an urban marketplace in New York City’s East Village or Australia’s “greenest residential building” in Brisbane, Koichi Takada draws from organic forms and local context to help reconnect people to the natural environment. In this, the first monograph on the Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect, photos of buildings and interiors are juxtaposed with sketches and images of nature to showcase the inspirations behind Takada’s striking creations.

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Best Gift for Birdwatchers

Bird: Exploring the Winged World

Enjoy an engaging and visually stunning visit to the avian kingdom with this hardback tome that explores our fascination with the winged world, from ancient Egypt to the present. Over 300 images and illustrations sit alongside content from ornithologists, art historians, wildlife photographers, conservationists and curators to look at the role birds have played in everything from science and mythology to fine art and pop culture. Even the Twitter bird makes an appearance.

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Best for Jetsetters

Gstaad Glam

 

Tucked among the snowy Alps of southwestern Switzerland is a magical land of exclusive ski clubs and elegant hotels, luxury boutiques and cutting-edge art galleries—and lots of beautiful vistas and people-watching in between. In this new book from Assouline, you’ll be transported to Gstaad for a glimpse at some of its stunning natural settings—from slopes to golf courses to polo fields—as well as at its iconic buildings, favorite local haunts and top events like the annual hot-air balloon festival and Menuhin Festival of music. The tome will tide you over until you can next make the scene yourself.

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Best Gift for Wannabe Designers

Living in Colour: Colour in Contemporary Interior Design

Sure, this new home design and décor book from Phaidon provides plenty of aesthetic inspiration, thanks to its featuring of 200 interiors from 130 designers across dozens of room types, in locations around the world. But with its focus on how colour plays a part in how we design and live—and the fact that the book is organised by hue, spanning from pure white and deep black to vivid hot pinks and reds—there’s also something meditative about flipping through its pages and embarking on a visual journey across the colour spectrum. Text by colour historian Stella Paul and interior designer India Mahdavi helps bring it all together.

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Best Gift for True Collectors

Assouline Bookstand

 

The large size that is a huge part of the charm of coffee table tomes can also make them a little awkward to read. To fully appreciate their expanse you’ll need a lot of open space or, better yet, a bookstand. If you’re interested in the latter, this deluxe version from Assouline is just the ticket. If you’re of the opinion that books can be art in, and of, themselves, it’s an elegant way to display one of the jewels in your current collection.

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Everybody Loves Naomi 

Fashion fans adore her. And so do we. Lucky, then, that a new exhibition is paying homage to four decades of snake-hipped catwalking.

By Joseph Tenni 22/06/2024

Naomi Campbell contains multitudes. Since emerging on the scene in 1986, modelling for British designer Jasper Conran, the statuesque stunner has used the runway for takeoff. She has ventured into all aspects of the culture, from Vogue to Playboy and reality TV. In the business arena, she has dabbled in publishing and the two F&Bs (fragrance and beauty, and food and beverage). Her philanthropic efforts are legion.

Naomi is better known than any of her peers and, aged 54, remains more relevant than ever. As a testament to her pervading influence, a new exhibition, Naomi: In Fashion, is opening at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Celebrating her 40 years in the spotlight, the show includes clothes from the model’s closet and some of the designer fashion she has helped to immortalise.

We all know her snake-hipped walk, her glowing skin, her famous paramours, and—yes—her many tantrums and tiaras. But how much do we love her exactly? Let’s count some of the ways. 

1. She Was Born to Be Famous

Many people know Naomi for her appearances in music videos for Michael Jackson’s In the Closet and George Michael’s Freedom! ’90—the latter also featuring fellow supermodels Linda, Cindy and Christy. But Naomi has been in front of the camera since she was a child, and her prolific music-video career predates her modelling. At 8, she appeared in the official video for Bob Marley’s 1978 hit Is This Love. At 13, Culture Club cast her as a tap-dancing teen in I’ll Tumble 4 Ya. It would be another two years before she was discovered by model scout Beth Boldt, while shopping in London’s Covent Garden.

Courtesy Off-White. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

2. She Hits All the Right Notes

As anyone who has ever seen Unzipped, the 1995 cult fashion documentary by Douglas Keeve, Naomi always has a song in her heart. She put her mouth where her money was in 1994 and recorded an album, Babywoman. The cover art featured Naomi, photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, shaving her legs while sitting on the toilet. Fittingly, the album was canned—despite assistance from contributors like Donna Summer and PM Dawn. 

3. She’s Always Ready for Her Close-Up
Hollywood’s history is full of models who went on to become successful actors. Naomi is not one of them. But not for want of trying. Her turn as a nightclub singer in Vanilla Ice’s 1991 movie Cool as Ice flies under the radar but doesn’t deserve to. Nor does her scene-stealing cameo as a French cheese shopper in The Night We Never Met, alongside Matthew Broderick and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Or her playing a sexy telephone operator in Spike Lee’s Girl 6. Who else has that kind of range? 

4. She Tells It Like It Is

We’d be remiss not to mention her 1994 novel Swan. A roman a clef about a young girl breaking into the modelling industry, flanked by her four besties who are also divas in training heels, it certainly played with genres. A murder-mystery-cum-sexy-romance-cum-vocational-advice page-turner, or something like that, this guilty pleasure was cruelly overlooked and relegated to the annals of bargain bins everywhere. 

5. She’s Got a Mind for Business

Naomi has been vocal over the years about making less money than her white peers and was not going to wait for the industry to catch up. Instead, she has ventured into businesses ranging from her former stake in the Fashion Cafe in New York to her signature fragrances, first released in 1999. What does Naomi smell like? Subtle yet complicated, consisting of top notes of peach, coconut and bergamot with a deep, woody base of cedar and sandalwood—apparently.

6. She Gives Until It Hurts

For a so-called narcissist, Naomi has often put her fame to philanthropic use. She has galvanised black models in fashion with the Black Girls Coalition and has raised money for Africa, Haiti and disaster relief worldwide, including after the Mumbai terrorist attacks. When she was dating the Russian billionaire and Aman Resorts owner Vladislav Doronin, she became committed to saving the tiger. Is there anything this overachiever can’t do?

7. She Can Make Hay From Anything

When she was sentenced to community service following allegations by a former employer that Naomi had attacked her with a mobile phone, the model emerged from her punishment dressed in couture and trailed by a photo crew who were shooting a fashion layout of her for W magazine. And when she was summoned in 2010 to appear in a war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor—in relation to an uncut blood diamond he’d allegedly given her—our girl showed up in an Azzedine Alaïa twin-set and wearing a silver “evil eye” necklace, turning the courtroom into a photo opportunity.

8. She’ll Be on Your Side for Evermore
The fashion industry is hardly known for its loyalty or congeniality, but Naomi has maintained decades-long friendships with not only her supermodel sisters like Christy Turlington but also some of the most powerful and difficult players, including John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. That she has remained tight with so many of her friends is not lost on her adoring public. She must be a loyal person and in return, fans everywhere remain loyal to her.

Naomi: In Fashion runs from June 22, 2024, until April 16, 2025, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; vam.ac.uk

Courtesy Vivienne Westwood. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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The Sapphire Dinner 2024 Raises Support for Ocean Conservation

This year’s boldfaced bash raised funds for our critically under-supported national treasures. 

By Horacio Silva 22/06/2024

The big fish of Sydney society came out Thursday night for the third annual Sapphire Dinner to raise much-needed money for ocean conservation. Held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the boldfaced bash was the first sit-down dinner held at the Tank, a repurposed World War II fuel container that sits beneath the Art Gallery’s new wing. 

Set against a backdrop of immersive ocean-inspired video projections by South Korean digital creators d’strict, and with a dress code that inspired guests to recycle their most fabulous fashions, the zero-waste dinner supports The Sapphire Project’s mission to galvanise the community to take action to protect our oceans and the Great Barrier Reef.

Deep-pocketed VIPs who walked the evening’s blue carpet included  Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, real estate maven Monika Tu, Penelope Seidler, Anna Marsden (Managing Director of Great Barrier Reef Foundation), Michael and Tina Brand, Andrew Cameron, MCA Chair Lorraine Tarabay, Myer boss Olivia Wirth, benefactors Paris Neilsen and Beau Neilson, and Paul Howes and Olivia Wirth, the power couple known as ‘Paulivia’. 

Retired swimmer Giaan Rooney MC’d the event, hosted by Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie and Ryan Gollan and committee members Ian Thorpe AM, Luke Hepworth, Clare Herschell, Susan Wynne, Brioney Prier, Bianca Rinehart, Doris Ma, Kate Champion, Ellie Aitken, and Chong Chua. 

A troupe of former Australian Ballet dancers and a musical performance by the Fijian-Australian singer and actress Paulini entertained the revellers.   

Among the auctioned items was an original work by Del Kathryn Barton, which raised more than $200,000 in a high-spirited bidding war led by Four Pillars Gin founder Stu Gregor, whose expletive-laden entreaties were suitably salty. 

Nobody minded, given that more than a million dollars were raised to support the criminally underfunded ocean conservation (it’s estimated that only about 2 percent of philanthropy in Australia goes towards the preservation of our precious national treasures), with funds going to support important initiatives such as The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the University of Sydney’s One Tree Island Research Station, the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, the Australian Sea Lion Recovery Foundation and Biopixel Oceans Foundation’s Project Hammerhead

The Sapphire Project Dinner 2024
Clare Herschell, Kate Champion, Bianca Rinehart & Hayley Baillie
The tablescapes at the Sapphire Project Dinner
Ian Thorpe
Adrian and Beck Buchan
Monika Tu
The Sapphire Project Dinnner 2024
Lucy & Malcolm Turnbull
Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie & Ryan Gollan

For further information, visit SapphireProject.com.au

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

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In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

Lorenzo Sodi

Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

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Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

Lorenzo Sodi

Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

Lorenzo Sodi

Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

Lorenzo Sodi

A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

Lorenzo Sodi

Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

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A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

Lorenzo Sodi

If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

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Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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