We all know that the chicest coffee tables were never intended for coffee cups alone – no matter whether sourced from the best designers or the best provenance. They are for books. Dress your example seductively with a selection from the vast collection of glossy tomes available from publishers, Assouline, where amongst volumes on Hollywood stars, objects of desire and jewellery you will find several devoted to fashion and tailoring. Given the lush-lavishness of the product the prices are more than fair and make for old-fashioned presentations – of course accompanied by a bunch of Longi lilies and a bottle of champagne! You will look intelligent and indulgent at the same time.