Designer Focus: Jonathan Adler, King of Happy Chic

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Jonathan Adler, Interior Designer
Jonathan Adler, Interior Designer (litecraft.co.uk)

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.

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan relax at home
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan relax at home (luxecrush)
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island Vacation Home
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island Vacation Home (Architectural Digest)
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island Vacation Home
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Shelter Island Vacation Home (Architectural Digest)
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island Vacation Home
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.

Bright modern spaces epitomize designer Jonathan Adler's style
Bright modern spaces epitomize designer Jonathan Adler’s style (blog.2modern)
Some of the modern "Happy Chic" décor representative of Jonathan Adler's products
Some of the modern “Happy Chic” décor representative of Jonathan Adler’s products (telegraph.co.uk)
Bright and airy modern style by Jonathan Adler
Bright and airy modern style by Jonathan Adler (idesignarch)
Fresh, feminine living room designed by Jonathan Adler
Fresh, feminine living room designed by Jonathan Adler (lapetitefashionista.blogspot)
Mid-century modern style of Jonathan Adler
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.

Jonathan Adler interior design is mid-century modern and rich with color
Jonathan Adler interior design is mid-century modern and rich with color (thelacquerie)
Embracing the mid-century modern style of Jonathan Adler
Embracing the mid-century modern style of Jonathan Adler (umbrinco)
Mid-century elegance a trademark of designer Jonathan Adler
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.

Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler's designs
Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler’s designs (mylusciouslife)
Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler's designs
Glamour and modern eclecticism thrive in Jonathan Adler’s designs (mylusciouslife)
Designer Jonathan Adler's home
Designer Jonathan Adler’s home (huffingtonpost)
Modern glamour designed by Jonathan Adler
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.

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Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (thelacquerie)
Sophisticated modern interior by 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.

Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (jonathanadler.com)
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler
Sophisticated modern interior by Jonathan Adler (stylecarrot)
Modern luxury in this Jonathan Adler interior
Modern luxury in this Jonathan Adler interior (umbrinco)
Beautiful space designed by Jonathan Adler
Beautiful space designed by Jonathan Adler (trendier)
Mid-century modern luxury by Jonathan Adler
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.

Colorful, rich Happy Chic design by Jonathan Adler
Colorful, rich Happy Chic design by Jonathan Adler (hercampus)
Happy Chic style by 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.

Mid-century modern style displayed by designer Jonathan Adler
Mid-century modern style displayed by designer Jonathan Adler (blog.hgtv)
Open and spacious room pops with color and originality via designer Jonathan Adler
Open and spacious room pops with color and originality via designer Jonathan Adler (styleathome)
Jonathan Adler interior design
Jonathan Adler interior design (Architectural Digest)
Jonathan Adler interior design
Jonathan Adler interior design (Pinterest)
Jonathan Adler designs
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.

Jonathan Adler designs
Jonathan Adler designs (sukio)
Jonathan Adler designs
Jonathan Adler designs (sukio)
Jonathan Adler designs
Jonathan Adler designs jonathanadler.com)
Jonathan Adler designs
Jonathan Adler designs (jonathanadler.com)
Jonathan Adler designs
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.

Jonathan Adler lighting
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.

Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler
Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler (deardesigner.co.uk)
Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler takes center stage
Pottery designed by Jonathan Adler takes center stage (jackarcher)
Jonathan Adler with pottery he designed
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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