Jonathan Adler is one of America’s most famous designers and an inimitable master of eclecticism. He himself defines his style as Modern American Glamor.
“I welcome any design trends. Except perhaps taxidermy – it leads to sad thoughts. We live in an era called “Everything is permitted”, and I like it. So be brave and experiment. Mix old and new, rough and sophisticated. Everything is fashionable, except for tradition. Jonathan Adler actively promotes mix in the spirit of mix&match . However, the designer clarifies: mixing is good only if it reflects your attitude towards it. And it should be ironic. “Seriousness is the enemy of eclecticism,” he declares. However, it is obvious that in his works Adler relies not only on irony, but also on decorative skill. Looks for interior harmonies, rhymes forms and materials.
As a child, Adler dreamed of becoming a ceramist. At the age of 12 he fashioned his first pot. His parents gave him a potter’s wheel, but still sent him to the university to study semiotics. However, he dropped out of school in order to devote all his strength to creativity. Later, pillows, wallpaper, carpets, and furniture were added to the favorite ceramics. Since 2002, decoration work has begun… Today, the Jonathan Adler brand offers everything you need to furnish an interior, from a sofa to a candlestick. Adler fills numerous projects with objects of his design, and also sells them in 26 stores. Everything that is not his products is vintage. Favorite period: 1950s.
Some consider Adler a populist. From the pages of numerous magazines and his own books (including the bestseller Happy Chic Accessorizing), he calls to love bright colors, considering them the best way to prevent mental disorders and advises not to be afraid of an overdose. And also fill the house with little things like vases and photo frames, convincing that depriving yourself of these small joys is a sure way to get depressed. Moreover, the decorator advises placing the gizmos in an artistic mess, since symmetry deprives the perception of the surrounding world of lightness. However, in his own projects, fantasy is always curbed by a sense of proportion and taste. Almost surgical calculation is read in the interiors.
“Usually I make interiors layered over time. Light patina, a touch of age give the house volume. Adler is immersed in the industry, so he knows the assortment of not only branded stores, but also American antique shops rich in extravagant items. Customers appreciate Jonathan for his imagination, for his ability to create a fairy tale. As one of his clients said: “If you love Harry Potter, you won’t find a better decorator.”