Designer Focus: Jonathan Adler, King of Happy Chic

A man standing in front of a desk with a lot of Jonathan Adler vases.

Jonathan Adler is known as the King of Happy Chic.  What exactly is Happy Chic?  Take a look through the interiors and products designed by Jonathan Adler and you will come to understand this happy, bold, modern, eclectic, glamorous style.  Happy Chic is maximalist and modern.  It is sophisticated and bold.  If nothing else, it will leave a smile on your face.

A living room with a ping pong table designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan relax at home (luxecrush)
A living room with colorful furniture designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island Vacation Home (Architectural Digest)
A living room designed with a focus on the King of Happy Chic, Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island Vacation Home (Architectural Digest)
A dining room with a wooden table and chairs designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island Vacation Home (Architectural Digest)

Jonathan Adler is a designer, potter and author.  He has opened 28 stores, designed homes and hotels, teamed with Kravet, Lacoste and the Rug Company to produce fabrics and rugs.  He has written a series of books where he shares his knowledge and insight to the Happy Chic way of living.  He designs pottery, lighting and furniture, and is now embarking on fashion design.  His design style is a mixture of mid-century, modern glamour and bold, where sophistication exists side-by-side with maximalist style.  There are notes of subtlety in his designs, but most notably Adler brings color and excitement to his interiors.

A living room decorated in orange and white with a Designer Focus on Jonathan Adler.
Bright modern spaces epitomize designer Jonathan Adler’s style (blog.2modern)
A living room with colorful pillows and a colorful rug showcasing Jonathan Adler's King of Happy Chic style.
Some of the modern “Happy Chic” décor representative of Jonathan Adler’s products (telegraph.co.uk)
A brightly colored bedroom with a bed and a couch, inspired by the King of Happy Chic designer, Jonathan Adler.
Bright and airy modern style by Jonathan Adler (idesignarch)
A living room with a pink couch and white coffee table designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Fresh, feminine living room designed by Jonathan Adler (lapetitefashionista.blogspot)
Designer Focus: Jonathan Adler brings a brightly colored living room to life with his King of Happy Chic style and colorful furniture.
Mid-century modern style of Jonathan Adler (lifeinthesemi-fablane.BlogSpot)

There is a distinct mid-century modern vibe to Jonathan Adler’s interiors as well as his line of furniture and accessories.

A living room with blue chairs and a chandelier designed by Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler interior design is mid-century modern and rich with color (thelacquerie)
A living room with a TV on the wall designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Embracing the mid-century modern style of Jonathan Adler (umbrinco)
A living room with orange and white furniture designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Mid-century elegance a trademark of designer Jonathan Adler (gotidbits)

Jonathan Adler is a designer that appreciates the lighter side of glamour, creating dynamic maximalist interiors that exhibit personal style.

A living room with colorful furniture and a piano designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler’s designs (mylusciouslife)
A brightly colored living room with black furniture designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler’s designs (mylusciouslife)
A designer gold chandelier in a living room with a Jonathan Adler touch.
Designer Jonathan Adler’s home (huffingtonpost)
A living room with a yellow couch and black chairs, designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Modern glamour designed by Jonathan Adler (jonathanadler.com)

Mixing the understated with the bold, Adler is able to create interiors that are comfortable and meaningful.

A living room with blue walls and white furniture, designed by Jonathan Adler.
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (thelacquerie)
A designer living room with a zebra rug, King of Happy Chic, Jonathan Adler.
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (umbrinco)

Along with comfort, Jonathan Adler combines touches of sophisticated modern glamour through lighting and accessories.  Adler’s color schemes are bright, bold and crisp.  The result is a fresh and very modern aesthetic.

A living room with a fur rug designed by Jonathan Adler.
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (jonathanadler.com)
An elaborately decorated living room with a striking staircase, designed under the influencer of Jonathan Adler's King of Happy Chic aesthetic.
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (stylecarrot)
A living room with green parrots on the wall designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Modern luxury in this Jonathan Adler interior (umbrinco)
A living room designed by Jonathan Adler, with colorful curtains and furniture.
Beautiful space designed by Jonathan Adler (trendier)
A living room with blue and gold furniture designed by the King of Happy Chic.
Mid-century modern luxury by Jonathan Adler (interiordesign.net)

Adler’s interiors have a life of their own, with eclectic mixes of objects that portray a distinct character.

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A living room with furniture and a lamp, designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Colorful, rich Happy Chic design by Jonathan Adler (hercampus)
A white couch in a living room with a designer focus on Jonathan Adler.
Happy Chic style by Jonathan Adler (home-dzine.co.za)

Bold designs, modern fabrics and midcentury-inspired furnishings integrate into a space that is comfortable and playfully sophisticated.

A living room with a King of Happy Chic designer focus: Jonathan Adler.
Mid-century modern style displayed by designer Jonathan Adler (blog.hgtv)
A chevron rug.
Open and spacious room pops with color and originality via designer Jonathan Adler (styleathome)
A living room with blue walls and Jonathan Adler furniture.
Jonathan Adler interior design (Architectural Digest)
A living room with colorful furniture and a large chandelier, designed by the King of Happy Chic, Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler interior design (Pinterest)
A living room with a blue couch and a blue rug, designed by Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler designs (jonathanadler.com)

Jonathan Adler’s desire is to create products that are timeless, chic and elegant.  Although at times extravagant, Adler’s roots are tied to sophistication.

A living room with blue chairs and a coffee table designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler designs (sukio)
A designer gold lamp on a table.
Jonathan Adler designs (sukio)
A table with a mirror and stylish stools designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler designs jonathanadler.com)
A dining room with a white table and chairs designed by Jonathan Adler, the King of Happy Chic.
Jonathan Adler designs (jonathanadler.com)
A desk in a room with a blue and white rug featuring Jonathan Adler's signature Happy Chic style.
Jonathan Adler designs (jonathanadler.com)

In addition to interiors, furniture, fabrics and rugs, Jonathan Adler designs lighting.  His creations are modern with a nod toward mid-century style.

A kitchen with a table and chairs, designed with a Jonathan Adler focus.
Jonathan Adler lighting (yacineaziz)

Jonathan Adler’s pottery is distinct, modern and, at times, edgy.  Each piece is designed and a prototype created in Adler’s Soho studio.  He launched his first collection in 1993 at Barney’s of New York.  Since then, his pieces appeal on a global scale.  The pottery includes many human forms and animals.

A stylish black and white striped wall with a Jonathan Adler designer focus.
Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler (deardesigner.co.uk)
A living room with a blue couch and a mirror, designed by Jonathan Adler.
Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler takes center stage (jackarcher)
A man standing in front of a group of vases with Designer Focus: Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler with pottery he designed (gadfit)

Jonathan Adler’s pottery, as well as furnishings and other accessories, can be found at http://www.jonathanadler.com/.

 

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