With more than 450 crisp color images of international packaging designs it's tempting to showcase the 9.5" x 12" volume on the coffee table. Especially since the book uses 30% more photos than its predecessor Graphis Packaging 6. However the 240-page book edited by B. Martin Pederson is functional too. It's arranged into a dozen categories including cosmetics beverages food household and medical products. Highlighting packages from 170 design firms in 18 countries it serves as a nice source book for product or packaging designers. Adding a contemporary perspective to the field of package design are essays by noted designers Paula Scher and Barrie Tucker. Alphabetical listings of clients agencies and artists are indexed in back as well as a short quote about each package from the designer. Text is printed in English French and German. Published every three years by Graphis Inc. (New York NY) the Graphis Packaging series is one of a 20-book program that evolved out of Graphis Design Annual a yearly publication highlighting all aspects of design. All items were selected from an international call for entries. So does Graphis Packaging 7 belong on the coffee table or on the bookshelf? Either way is fine but at some point if only briefly the book belongs in the readers' hands. It's available from Graphis for $75.