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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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Musical Chairs

These five modern table settings prove that mixed and matched seating arrangements have more fun.
April 18, 2013
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Photographer Henry Leutwyler's Ballet

Swiss born Henry Leutwyler is a photo school reject. He taught himself the anatomy of a camera and all the chemical processing fun a darkroom has to offer—praise the film gods for that! He made the move from Paris to New York City at the age of 25, and quickly developed his forté in celebrity portraiture. For the past four years, using only his 35mm Leica, the photographer has been collaborating with Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet, documenting behind-the-scenes and studio portraits of the dancers. Leutwyler and the NYC Ballet turned out to be such a perfect artistic alliance, that they kept him around for years and years to come. His latest book, Ballet: Photographs of the New York City Ballet is personal photo diary chronicling his era of ballerinas. For those who would like to enjoy his Ballet photography on the skate ramps, you're in luck because he's created some outstanding decks for your inner skater ballerina.
April 18, 2013
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Modern Design at Coachella

Revelers and music fans have made it through the first weekend of the massive music festival Coachella in Indio, California, and those who sought a little shade from the scorching sun likely came across Mirage, an art installation and homage to the desert modernism of nearby Palm Springs. Coachella art director Paul Clemente envisioned the 6,000-square-foot structure and it was erected by Vermont-based builder Russ Bennett. Meant to be a kind of hang-out zone, the geometric piece was inspired by the work of architects like Neutra and Frey and will be taken down after this weekend's culmination of the festival.
April 17, 2013
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Practice of Patronage

Last night in New York, the Museum of Arts & Design hosted a panel on the Practice of Patronage as part of an ongoing exhibition, After the Museum: The Home Front 2013. Dan Rubenstein, co-curator of After the Museum and Editor of Surface magazine, moderated the presentation and discussion between artist David Wiseman and Zesty Meyers of R 20th Century. The trio discussed Wiseman’s reprisal of the once common practice for artists and its role in his creative process.
April 17, 2013

Tumblr of the Day: Who Wore it Better?

A clever riff on People’s “Who Wore it Best,” a series of photos comparing celebrities’ fashion choices, this Tumblr does the same with modern art.
April 17, 2013
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Iceland DesignMarch 2013 Highlights

Iceland recently celebrated its biggest ever annual design festival, DesignMarch 2013. The fair featured some 150 events, ranging from fashion to furniture and architecture to food design, making the world’s northernmost capital of Reykjavik the place to be for the design-inclined.
April 17, 2013
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Decor Details

As any good interior designer will tell you, it's all in the details, so we've pulled together a few of our favorite decorative objects to add that last little touch to your home.
April 17, 2013
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A Look at Google's Illustrated Logos

We went down an Internet rabbit hole and unearthed Google Doodles—what the tech company dubs its illustrated logos that "celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists"—from important moments in architecture and design history. If you'd like to see all the illustrations, use this handy search tool or click through the slideshow for Dwell-approved highlights.
April 17, 2013
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