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Prepare yourselves, because here at H&C we are going to tell you to break the one rule your parents taught you … don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Instead, we challenge you to go against everything you know and do exactly that - judge that book’s cover and judge it hard (in the name of design of course).

In a world where we display our wine, exhibit our mediocre collections of shoes and show off how healthy we are with glass-fronted fridges; why not display our books?  After all, they do share a glimpse into our interests, personality and even psyche.

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judge the book, judge the cover.

Whether they are lined up vertically, stacked horizontally, or are a combination of skillfully and loosely arranged in piles; gone are the days where it was a prerequisite to have a designated ‘library’ space.  Today books act as an artistic statement, utilised as a centrepiece, an engaging focal point, a pedestal for homewares or to simply accessorise a surface.

Consider the spine, the font of the title, the colour of the cover.  Does this compliment or contrast your interior scheme?  Is it a hardcover, a paperback, is it large or small?  These considerations act to assist in adding individuality and inject character into a space.

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books are versatile.

But is it ok to purchase random books to simply fill an empty space?  Personally, I purchase titles that have meaning to me.  Whether it’s a destination I have travelled to or my favourite designer or artist; my collection is a combination of my interests and the appeal of the cover art.  Whatever the case, they definitely serve as an exceptional conversation starter.

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The only rule is that there are no rules.  You don’t need to stack according to colour, genre, title or author; after all this isn’t the city library (unless you want it to be).  There are no library cards, no late fees, and best of all - no need to keep your voice down.

How many books are too many books?  The answer is entirely up to the individual.  Whenever I question whether it’s worth spending a weeks salary on another title by Assouline or Rizzoli, I think back to Karl Lagerfeld’s Atelier in Paris - the limit does not exist.

What is your go-to coffee table book - let us know below.

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