I was browsing through some of my favourite designers the other day and without fail, Jonathan Adler is still at the top of my list. His pottery collection is like no other. The attention to detail, creativity and just straight up style that he manages to squeeze into each piece, never ceases to amaze me.
If you don’t know about him, here are a few fun facts pulled from his site:
1978 Tries pottery at summer camp while wearing a Rush concert tee. Begs parents to buy him a wheel and kiln.
1980-84 Spends entire adolescence in basement of family’s modern house throwing pots.
1984-89 Allegedly studies semiotics and art history at Brown but actually spends all his time at RISD making pots. Makes quilted line of pottery inspired by Chanel. Evil professor advises him to bag pottery and try a career in law.
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.
1994 Shows pots to Barney’s and gets an order. Realizes he has to make the pots.
1998 Opens a store in Soho.
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.
2004 Kooky 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.
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…..
If that doesn’t make you love this man, his work surely will. Above are my top 5 favourites.
If by some strange and amazing chance, Jonathan Adler is actually reading this blog… I think you are amazing and would love to share your collection on Olioboard.
(images: Jonathan Adler)