After an idyllic childhood in a tiny kibbutz community of 300 in Upper Galilee, Deklah Polansky made her way to MTV in Manhattan. Now, the creative director and partner in Atlanta-based studio’farrell calls Midtown home.
Chops for days I was the design director for licensing at MTV and started the retail store below the TRL studio. Reporting to vice presidents of design and business gave me a keen understanding of how to support consumers’ needs. In 2007, a lead design offer from Coca-Cola made Atlanta home.
Now or Never Founded by my husband, Tom Farrell, in 2017, studio’farrell is a graphic-design agency specializing in visual identities, packaging, and retail experiences. I joined the firm in January 2018 after turning down a corporate role that would have moved us back to NYC.
Design Philosophy I am rooted in timeless style and craft. But I always have my eye towards contemporary, modern culture and fashion. My designs very much reflect who I am.
Inspired by German artist Gerhard Richter, iconic graphic designer Jan Tschichold
My Look Classic yet modern
Favorite local hidden gem The hammam at the Loews Hotel spa
Favorite ATL shopping Bella Cucina and Ann Mashburn. I also love the way that Star Provisions curates their merchandise.
Celebrity style crush Céline Dion
This article appears in our April 2020 issue.