10 Magazines Your Coffee Table Needs

Magazines are a coffee table staple. From art to food, independent magazines curate aesthetically pleasing yet interesting and captivating content. Here’s a list of Eckleburg tested and approved magazines that will intrigue your inner creative. Prepare to be inspired.


Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine published by Ouur that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.

Founded in 2011, Kinfolk is now the leading independent lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals.” More about Kinfolk here.

Works That Work WTW5-2

“We publish original, in-depth essays and stories on subjects connected with design, presenting projects that challenge and change the way you perceive them. Perhaps most importantly, we hope to publish articles that make great dinner stories to tell your friends.” More about Works That Work here.

Offscreen Offscreen

“With the omnipresence of technology and the web we easily forget what goes into making our digital lifestyle possible. Offscreen is a printed magazine that celebrates the human element of innovation by examining the hard work and creative thinking that happens behind the scenes of websites, games, apps, and other tech products. Each issue is built around six lengthy, intimate interviews with inspiring designers, developers, and entrepreneurs revealing how they overcome challenges to reach their personal goals.” More about Offscreen here.

The Paris ReviewParis Review

“The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.” More about The Paris Review here.

The Happy Reader Happy Reader

“THE HAPPY READER is a unique magazine about reading for anyone who wishes to stay inspired, informed and entertained. With beautiful typography, the magazine is a design object which celebrates the pure pleasure of reading and the calming luxury of being offline. Each issue is split into two halves. The first half is an in-depth interview with a book fanatic and the second half gets under the skin of one classic work of literature.” More about The Happy Reader here.

Chickpea Chickpea.jpg

Chickpea is a vegan food & writing quarterly, here to bring whole-foods cooking & living to a beautiful, practical level. Our issues are filled with food, recipes, discussions, articles, interviews, city guides, book reviews, and much more. We’re not a news magazine – think of us more like a timely, independent mini-cookbook/coffee table book. All of our content comes from people all over the world, from any background and skill level. And as always, we have no advertising in any paid issue, ever.“ More about Chickpea here.

So It Goes So it Goes.jpg

So It Goes is a biannual magazine that champions the original voices of today across seven chapters: The Actors, The Directors, The Artists, The Collection, The Musicians, The Places and The Writers. The magazine is a meeting place for a global network of photographers, journalists and other creatives. In a digital world, So It Goes is a reminder of the power print magazines have to touch lives and reveal
the issues, places and people that deserve to be brought closer to home.” More about So It Goes here.

Lagom Lagom.gif

“The magazine is divided into three distinct sections: Spaces & Places, Craft & Create, and Escape & Recharge. So, moving through each issue, the reader finds inspirational workspaces, hotels, restaurants, and homes from around the world; then gets to meet the makers and craftspeople creating truly unique work; then finally unwinds with a look at pastimes and hobbies that help attain that all-important sense of balance in our busy, modern lives. Unlike many lifestyle magazines, we eschew pomposity and keep our feet well and truly on the ground, celebrating people rather than image. We care about the personal stories behind the products and the motivations of the world’s creatives.” More about Lagom here.

New Philosopher New Phil

New Philosopher is an independent quarterly magazine devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life. Commentary on New Philosopher aims to guide readers into living a happier and freer mode of existence. New Philosopher caters to those who have not studied philosophy, as well as philosophy students and academics. Our aim is to introduce philosophical ideas that challenge contemporary thought and conditioning.” More about New Philosopher here.

FreshPaintMagazine freshpaint

FreshPaintMagazine is an independent international bimonthly digital and print art publication. The inspiration for this publication stemmed from the need to provide more opportunities for emerging artists and developing connections with the contemporary art scene. The project quickly gained support in Philadelphia’s art society, later to attract artists from all over the US.” More about FreshPaintMagazine here.

–Kirbie Koonse

[All images used are from each magazine’s website]

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