Three Worldly, Stylish New Books For Your Coffee Table This Month

Editions that take you from downtown New York to Tokyo to inside Rick Owens’s home.

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These alluring new tomes will land on our coffee tables this month. Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright brings together the photographer’s formative, exuberant works from 1998 to 2003, when his downtown Manhattan living room doubled as an art-kid nexus, and he snapped 10,000 Polaroids of friends like Dash Snow and Dan Colen. McGinley turned the camera on himself too. “There’s so much self-scrutiny that’s happening, and so much self-discovery, self-loathing, self-examination,” says the book’s author, Nora Burnett Abrams, who also curated the accompanying exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

The Basket Bag series, a collaboration by Beams Boy and Disney.

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Beams: Beyond Tokyo takes us to Japan, where the 40-year-old retailer gained cult status by collaborating with iconic Western brands and championing of-the-moment labels like Kim Gordon’s X-Girl and Sofia Coppola’s MilkFed. Reflecting on the 1990s heyday of Japanese youth culture, Coppola writes, “It seemed like Tokyo was run by teenage girls.”

Rick Owens’s Tomb Chair, 2014.

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Meanwhile, in Rick Owens: Furniture, the designer showcases his passion for furniture and predilection for ox bones, petrified bark, and other unusual materials. From gown to chaise longue, his contemporary goth sensibility is consistent, perhaps a result of one of his earliest influences: Sleeping Beauty’s glass coffin.

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