Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Jonathan Adler is Coming to Town

Jonathan Adler has made a serious mark for himself in the USA and is expanding worldwide. His brand launched in England a couple of years ago, and in August, his collection arrives at Coco Republic’s Sydney and Melbourne showrooms.

Iconic potter, designer, author, and personality Jonathan Adler has dedicated his life to bringing style, craft and joy to people’s lives. 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’s creativity is fuelled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture, to name a few. The brand  is known for a design aesthetic which pairs modernist forms with bold colors and groovy graphics. 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 and more recently he has designed a bottle for Chandon. Each collaboration reflects his colorful approach to design and love of craftsmanship.

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.

Jonathan’s furniture and homewares lines are launching in August at Coco Republic stores – NSW: Alexandria Design Centre. VIC: Richmond Showroom

Anthony Spon-Smith