Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho.
Jonathan Adler – born 1966 in New Jersey – is a potter, designer, and author. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.SEE ALSO – BEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK CITY FOR THANKSGIVING
After growing up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Jonathan studied semiotics and art history at Brown University, as well as ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design. In September 2008, he married his partner of 14 years, Simon Doonan, in California.Doonan and Adler live in New York City with their Norwich Terrier, Liberace.The artist inspirations have come from Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture.Today, Adler now has 26 stores worldwide, an e-commerce site, and a wholesale business with over 1,000 locations worldwide. In addition to ceramic design, Jonathan Adler Enterprises has expanded to become a design brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, and most recently handbags.He is the author of four books, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living and part of the Happy Chic Book series, Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessories. Jonathan’s third book in the series 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life was published in November 2012.In addition to designing furniture and product, Adler has collaborated with other brands. In 2004, Adler redesigned the Parker Palm Springs hotel. In 2009, Mattel asked him to design the modern-glam interiors for the “real” Barbie Dream House as part of Barbie’s 50th anniversary.
In 2010, he designed the Starbucks (RED) card and mug which directly benefits The Global Fund, and most recently Adler was selected as Lacoste’s 6th Annual Collectors series artist, debuting Holiday 2011.Explore our pinterest board for more inspirations about the amazing New York City and also about NYC’s events, arts and even design.