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New Series – My Interior World: Jonathan Adler

29th January 2019

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:

jonathan adler, potter, designer and author

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.

Bond dining table, Meurice rectangle chandelier all designed by Jonathan Adler

Bond dining table, Meurice rectangle chandelier all designed by Jonathan Adler

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.

Jonathan Adler's New York sitting room, the favourite he has designed

Jonathan Adler’s New York sitting room is his favourite in his apartment.

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.

Jonathan Adler's Bacharach sofa and teardrop tables

Jonathan Adler’s Bacharach sofa and teardrop tables

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.

Jonathan Adler's Charade slipper chair, Peking cocktail table, Caine bench, Ultra chandelier

Jonathan Adler’s Charade slipper chair, Peking cocktail table, Caine bench, Ultra chandelier

I wish I’d known…

How hard it is to build a business shipping large, heavy, fragile things around the world.

Jonathan Adler

What are you currently coveting for your own home?

Our Reform Credenza is pretty epic (see below).

Jonathan Adler's Reform credenza, C.Jere raindrops mirror, Palm Springs vases

Jonathan Adler’s Reform credenza, C.Jere raindrops mirror, Palm Springs vases

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.

Jonathan Adler's Bond dining table, Camille dining chairs in Stone linen, Puzzle mirror, Caracas 16 light chandelier

Jonathan Adler’s Bond dining table, Camille dining chairs in Stone linen, Puzzle mirror, Caracas 16 light chandelier

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.

Jonathan Adler's Ether shearling chair, Ventana floor lamp, C. Jere mirror, Ronchamp and Aorta vases

Jonathan Adler’s Ether shearling chair, Ventana floor lamp, C. Jere mirror, Ronchamp and Aorta vases

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.

Jonathan Adler: Dora Maar vases

Jonathan Adler: Dora Maar vases

What’s your signature style?

Three words: Modern American Glamour.

Jonathan Adler: Lampert sofa, Peking cocktail table

Jonathan Adler: Lampert sofa, Peking cocktail table

What’s your trade secret?

Make things that allow people to be their most eccentric, glamorous selves.

 

 

 

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  • Elaine Fraser 29th January 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I have three brightly coloured lidded storage jars by J. Adler labelled CARBS, CONFECTIONS,CALORIES. My fave things in my kitchen. Recently one lid was smashed during kitchen refurb so its in pieces now. I can’t find replacement online anywhere and original stockists didn’t have them either . Anyone know what Im talking about and any advice on where to find new lid would be great. I use them everyday and they alway make me smile !

  • Megan 29th January 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I agree – I love him more now too! There’s a great video of JA giving a talk called “Keep Other Peoples Opinions Out of Your Creative Process” It’s fab!

  • Aline Povlsen 29th January 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Ditto…..and my favorite book too!!

  • Anna 29th January 2019 at 11:51 am

    Modern AMERICAN glamour…..indeed it is!

  • myrna venters 29th January 2019 at 11:38 am

    Wow love this, very interesting and beautiful .

  • Wendy 29th January 2019 at 10:40 am

    Oooooh lovely Kate, eye candy galore, what a beautiful distraction! Wx

  • Elaine Thomas 29th January 2019 at 10:29 am

    What a dream, and seems like a really fun person too!

  • Amie Elizabeth White 29th January 2019 at 9:06 am

    Ah, I love him even more now! Appears very down to Earth and genuine, despite being an artistic genius.

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