Let’s be real, coffee table books deserve their own bookstore. They’re an entirely different genre of book. Beautiful. Heavy. Style and substance in one cultured package. So for anyone who is a lover of coffee table books and anyone who appreciates a good museum gift shop, Hennessey + Ingalls is a dream. Specializing in books on art and architecture and design, Hennessey + Ingalls has had a longtime established presence in the art scene since its founding in 1963. The family-owned bookstore started in Santa Monica before making the dramatic move to Arts District in 2016.
Today, their brick and mortar shop continues to be a destination for art lovers around Southern California. But their presence extends beyond the physical store too: their website is shoppable and always updated with the latest publications, and they supply many design firms, museums and academic institutions across the country. Whether you’re just casually perusing to see what’s new or here to look for something very specific, Hennessey + Ingalls is a must-stop.
Go here for: perusing art books and seeing what’s up and coming
Don’t miss: their collection of indie magazines, aka magazines that are good enough for your coffee table, aka they have a much wider collection beyond Kinfolk so expand your horizons
Amount of time to spend: 20-30 minutes if you have discipline, probably more if you get easily distracted
When to come: anytime you’re in Arts District
Parking: they validate parking at One Santa Fe
Other things to note:
They also sell books online, so you don’t have to be in LA to appreciate this collection.
Last visited: March 2019
Last updated: April 2021