Potter. Interior designer. Author. TV host.
Jonathan Adler is an internationally celebrated and multi-hyphenate creative. Trained in semiotics and art history at Brown, Adler began his design career in pottery and first came to fame in the 1990s when Barneys bought his collection of pots, leading to a store in Soho.
Soon, Adler branched into home design, captivating the design world with an aesthetic drawing from influences that flitted between the highest and lowest culture. As anyone who has had the pleasure of browsing in one of Adler’s wondrous stores may attest to, Adler’s tongue-in-chic accessories inevitably trigger the brain’s pleasure senses. His furniture is classic, sleek and can be made to order in a range of upholstery fabrics to look as sober or as snazzy as you desire.
These days, Jonathan Adler is an interior design brand with 17 stores (and counting) worldwide, a wholesale and e-commerce business, a full slate of residential and commercial projects, and collaborations with diverse brands such H&M Home and Yellow Pop.
Available internationally at jonathanadler.com, his signature exuberant style now reaches Malaysia courtesy of Point 21 and to celebrate this, Tatler Homes speaks to Adler about how far his brand has come and where it’s going.
What is modern American glamour? How did you arrive at this to encapsulate your brand?
'Modern' because I strive to make things that are modern. 'American' because I hope to capture the optimism that I think is at the core of the American sensibility, And 'glamour” because it's always glamourous. It’s been said that
Pottery is your first love. What about it appeals to you?
I felt a connection from the moment I first touched clay at age 12. It’s mud and water, it’s primordial. And yes, everything we make still start in our pottery studio in New York City.