Earlier this month I told you I was going to start a new series – a questionnaire for designers and experts in the field of interiorsand I’m thrilled that my first ever guest is the ceramicist and designer Jonathan Adler, whose mission is to bring modern American glamour to all and whose witty and beautiful designs are coveted the world over. So no need for me to waffle on – it’s over to Jonathan:
Who are you?
I’m Jonathan Adler. I’m a potter, designer, and author. I make the stuff I want to live with and hope that other people love it as much as I do.
Which is your favourite room in your house?
The living room in my NYC apartment. The space is fab for New York – double-height ceilings, big windows – and it’s colourful and surreal and cool. I knocked it out of the park with that one, if I do say so myself.
Have you ever lied about liking someone’s interior design choices?
Nah – no need to lie; there’s always some small element or detail you can find to like. And if not? Just talk about their kids or their dog.
What’s your worst interior design mistake?
Skimping on lighting. Any time I’ve skimped on lighting I’ve lived to regret it. Always buy a chandelier that’s bigger than you think you need and larger than you think you can afford.
I wish I’d known…
How hard it is to build a business shipping large, heavy, fragile things around the world.
What are you currently coveting for your own home?
Our Reform Credenza is pretty epic (see below).
What would you tell your younger self about your future home?
It’s important to find a building with an understanding superintendent and a generous freight elevator. When you redecorate as much as I do, that’s what matters.
Who would you like to have coffee and cake with?
Can it be tea and cake (I don’t drink coffee)? But literally anyone: I guzzle tea and have never met a baked good I didn’t like.
What’s your favourite book/film/tv show?
I’ll watch any gruesome crime show – the more depressing the better. Favourite book? The Razor’s Edge, by Somerset Maugham, always and forever.
What’s your signature style?
Three words: Modern American Glamour.
What’s your trade secret?
Make things that allow people to be their most eccentric, glamorous selves.