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Jonathan Adler

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is a design company dedicated to bringing style, craft and joy to your life

Iconic potter, designer, author, and personality Jonathan Adler is dedicated to bringing style, craft and joy to your life.

Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1994 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.

Jonathan Adler now has over 25 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.

While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan has grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized design brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, and most recently handbags.

Jonathan’s creativity is fueled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects Jonathan’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.

In addition to designing furniture and a variety of products, Jonathan has collaborated with many notable brands. In 2004 Jonathan redesigned the iconic Parker Palm Springs hotel in California. In 2009 Mattel called upon Jonathan to design the modern-glam interiors for the “real” Barbie™ Dream House in celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary. In 2011 Jonathan was selected as LACOSTE’s 6th Annual Collector’s series artist. In 2012 Jonathan collaborated with Kravet to create an exclusive collection of fabrics and partnered with The Rug Company on a collection; each partnership reflects his colorful approach to design and love of craftsmanship. In 2013 Jonathan joined the fight against AIDS in Africa with the creation of a special PRODUCT (RED) candle.

Jonathan is the author of four books, including My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living and the Happy Chic book series: Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessories. Jonathan’s latest book in the series, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life, was published in November 2012.

He lives in New York City with his partner, Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan and their Norwich Terrier Liberace.

About Jonathan Adler

1966 Born in farm town in New Jersey.
1978 Tries pottery at summer camp while wearing a Rush concert tee.
1979 Begs parents to buy him a wheel and kiln.
1980–84 Spends entire adolescence in basement of family’s modern house throwing pots.
1984–88 Allegedly studies semiotics and art history at Brown but actually spends all his time at RISD making pots.
1989 Makes quilted line of pottery inspired by Chanel. Evil professor advises him to bag pottery and try a career in law.
1990 Moves to New York and starts working at a talent agency.
1993 Deeply depressed from three long years in the movie business (as anyone would be), quits and returns to the studio to recuperate. Tells parents he wants to be a potter and vows never to have a real job again. Concerned parents schedule an intervention.
1995–96 Shows pots to Barneys and gets an order. Realizes he has to make the pots.
1996 Orders pour in. Time to make the donuts.
1997 At wit’s end from making the donuts, hooks up with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization which helps artisans in developing countries to make products for the American market. Flies to Peru and discovers paradise—a beautiful workshop by the sea with parrots and gardens and incredible artisans, creative explosion ensues.
1998 Opens a store in Soho.
1999 Adopts (with his partner Simon Doonan) a Norwich terrier named Liberace who is the light of their lives.
2000 Millennium madness. Luckily Y2K has no impact on pottery wheels.
2001 Bicoastal! Opens store in Los Angeles. Fervently hopes the cast of Friends will stop by. They don’t.
2002 Launches a glamorous new furniture collection and takes on interior design projects. Starts fondling swatches as well as clay. Liberace turns three.
2003 Develops raging obsession with waspy country club style—needlepoint, chinoiserie and acid green lacquer. Concerned Jewish mother schedules another intervention.
2004 Creative odyssey continues. Branches out into new categories—bedding, towels, stationery and designs The Parker Palm Springs hotel. Finds it increasingly difficult to make time to watch Law and Order.
2005 Opens stores in Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and on Madison Avenue (oodles of frequent flyer miles). Wildly expands furniture line with even more glamorous upholstered groups and casegoods. Writes first design book. Jewish mother proud, but Liberace remains aloof—he is, after all, a terrier…
2006 Turns 40. Reluctantly relinquishes ingénue status. Suddenly needlepoint obsession becomes less ironic & more age appropriate.
2007 Reality TV! Joins the Bravo family as lead judge on Top Design. Wanders the streets in outfits borrowed from the TV show hoping to be recognized. Alas……
2008 Gets hitched to Simon… hopes his civil right to marriage will be upheld.
2009 More stores, more stuff, more fun. Tapped to design a real life Malibu Dream House to celebrate Barbie’s 50th. Can finally make amends for decapitating sister’s Barbie in 1974.
2010 Proud Mary keeps on rolling. Despite gnarly economy, spreads Happy Chic message with two new books, a bunch of new stores, and a slew of life-enhancing designs. Liberace (12 years old!) barks at Lollipop Peacock.
2011 Selected to be Lacoste’s 6th Annual Holiday Collector’s Series artist, opened first international store in London with aim of world-wide domination…
2012 Launches fabric line with Kravet and continues global take over with stores in Minneapolis, Dallas, Georgetown, Austin, Westport and more…
2013 New launches include fashion accessories, men’s neckwear, bath & body and more. World domination continues with the addition of stores in Houston and Seattle.
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