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Book Designs by Atelier Dyakova

London-based Russian graphic designer Sonya Dyakova is making us rethink the notion of judging a book by its cover. After studying in San Francisco, the typography specialist moved to London to work for interdisciplinary graphic designer Vince Frost and Kerr | Noble, before joining visual art book publisher, Phaidon Press, in 2005 as design director. She now runs her own multidisciplinary studio, Atelier Dyakova, where she consistently churns out designs that are "strongly rooted in conceptual and tactile details, as well as typographic experimentation." Dyakova is also the art director of contemporary art and culture magazine, frieze (re-designed in May 2012) and Frieze Masters magazine. Dyakova is currently working on a catalogue raisonné for Ron Mueck to coincide with his new show at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and come late April, will host a 5-day workshop at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne for graphic design students. Click through to see a bevy of picks from Atelier Dyakova's portfolio.
April 18, 2013
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As English writer G. K. Chesterton once declared, "A room without books is like a body without a soul." As we previously explored in Shelf Life, these five homeowners from Japan to Barcelona each have carved out a sweet place for their beloved tomes.
February 26, 2013
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Editor’s Choice: Amanda Dameron’s Book List

What books does the editor of a high-profile modern home design magazine read? Designers & Books went to Amanda Dameron, editor in chief of Dwell Media, to find out. “Last year I moved from the West Coast to New York, and I barely brought any furniture or clothes with me. What I did bring was 50 boxes of books and vintage magazines,” says Dameron. Her list for Designers & Books, “contains books that have seeded my design education, books that have contributed to my understanding of and appreciation for editing, and books that have simply delighted me.”
February 22, 2013
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L.A. Art Book Fair 2013

Last weekend, Printed Matter, Inc. presented the first annual L.A. Art Book Fair, the West Coast companion to the NY Art Book Fair held every fall in New York, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, with over 15,000 people from artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts in attendance. Attendees were brought together to meet and to get their hands on some of the most influential art books and publications in existence. Over 200 "international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty countries" were present, with works shown by Larry Clark, Tauba Auerbach, Gary Scott Davis, Richard Prince, Mike Kelley, and Ari Marcopoulos. Amongst the tables and rooms full of books, there were interesting events, like "Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books Ascending," where designers Brian Roettinger, Tanya Rubbak, and Adam Michaels discussed their experiences making and publishing books, as well as their rotating roles as author, editor, designer, and publisher. Sundown Schoolhouse also provided an escape from the energetic rush of the fair with a Reading Lounge equipped with yoga mats, blankets, herbal tea, and knitting supplies.
February 5, 2013
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Celebrating 100 Years of Grand Central Station

In celebration of Grand Central's one-hundredth anniversary this month, W. W. Norton has reissued the incredible photographic tribute Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives, by John Belle and Maxinne R. Leighton.  
February 1, 2013
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Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

A new biography highlights the rich, black-and-white photography of Balthazar Korab, whose sharp imagery helped give a face to modernist architecture in mid-century America.
December 18, 2012
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Phaidon's 20th Century World Architecture Atlas

On November 1st, Phaidon debuted 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas. It's a huge book with some 750 works of last century's architecture that range from homes to civic structures to tall towers, from Morocco to New Zealand to Puerto Rico. The usual suspects are out in force—Corbu, Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright—but they're joined by undersung regional architects and a healthy dollop of contemporary designers working at century's end. We had a chat with Phaidon's editorial director Emilia Perragni about how the tome came together, why it's organized like an atlas, and why it's so monstrously huge.  
November 13, 2012
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Designers and Book Fair 2012

The first-ever Designers and Book Fair was held last weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The two-day fair featured 35 publishers and around 1,500 books ranging in subjects from architecture to design to urban planning. (Titles were as varied as Why Architects Wear Black to 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion to Design After Modernism.) The fair opened Friday with a panel on the future of book design. The following Saturday and Sunday, publishers from Europe and the United States took up residency at FIT. Each day was interspersed with panels covering book design, fashion, international design, and architecture. The weekend was a successful merger of many fields and professions—a spotlight on images, craft, and the written word.
November 2, 2012
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Nate Berkus's One Two Punch

Nate Berkus fans will have plenty to take in this month as the designer just released a book and a Target collaboration, both in stores now. The Things That Matter is a collection of stories and photos from Berkus and others about their homes. Through anecdotes about "things" each has collected, Berkus's book shows how our residences and the objects with which we choose to fill them reveal who we are. The unique stories and personal insights paired with beautiful photography provide an intimate look into each life and home not found in your typical interiors book. Having designed his pieces to convey the feeling of things that have been collected over time, Berkus is hopeful that some of the items in his Target collection will become "things that matter."
October 24, 2012