A curated set of coffee table books makes a great statement. Art books can bring a drab coffee table to life, double as accent furniture when properly stacked, and entertain those restless guests of yours. Coffee Table Book of the Week is our weekly selection of stylish books to spruce up your home. – FM
This week’s pick, California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, was inspired by a recent NPR interview with the author, Jim Heimann, who has lovingly chronicled the history of oddball roadside architecture inspired by west coast car culture. Not to be missed.
From Publishers Weekly: “A hot-dog joint shaped like a puppy, an antique store replicating a Japanese temple, Van de Kamp’s windmill-shaped bakeries, houses resembling beached boats these are just a few of the architectural curiosities featured here. SoCal pop culture devotee Heimann has tracked down more examples of the “California Crazy concept” from all over the country.”