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On the Books

Big, glossy design books are all just for show, and the New York Times is on it: "That they can be decorative, a graphic object to deploy on horizontal surfaces like any other bibelot, is one that designers have embraced. " Yeah, nobody's buying them for the poorly written forward. Or, as designer Tom Scheerer said: "Ah, the subtext and the prestige of the coffee table." [NYT; photo via Design Sponge]