Jonathan’s mission: to bring style, craft, and joy to your life. How? By creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon.
It all started with pottery. Jonathan first gave the wheel a spin at summer camp when he was 12 years old. He was obsessed with clay the moment he touched it, and the rest of his summer was spent in a clay-spattered Rush concert tee. Clay clay clay.
Jonathan started teaching classes at Mud, Sweat 'n' Tears in New York City in exchange for free studio space. Soon, he had a collection of pots that made him happy, so he called up the buyers from Barneys New York. They took a look at his work, loved it, and placed an order. And so, he spent his pretty years as a production potter—rollerblading to the studio at 6am, making a hundred mugs, and coming home to fall asleep. Blaze, glaze, pack, and ship: He did it all.
Jonathan opened his first store in Soho in 1998. Although pottery will always be his first love, his desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home became more and more difficult to ignore. First, he designed a few innocent throw pillows, then the sofas on which to plunk those pillows, then the side tables with which to flank those sofas, then the lamps to light it all up…you get the picture. Each piece, from a vase to a bench, is fueled by Jonathan’s various points of inspiration: Mid-Century Modern design, Brancusi's mix of guts and elegance, Pop Art, global pop culture, fierce femmes, luxe lifestyles.
Now Jonathan's design world is a bit broader than it used to be. In addition to making things he also makes spaces—he works as an interior designer on hotels and restaurants and houses. But his pottery beginnings are ingrained in their company’s culture. Jonathan’s office sits in between a giant kiln and a working pottery studio. The sprawling headquarters occupy a full floor in Soho—called the Fantasy Factory (a cheeky nod to Warhol's Factory). Here, Jonathan and his collaborators slave away, problem-solve, have fun, and most importantly, design and sculpt the prototypes for the pottery by hand.
Capitol Lighting is indeed very pleased to introduce the Jonathan Adler line of lighting, lamps and furniture to its showrooms and 1-800lighting.com
Best collections include desk lamps from Jonathan Adler’s “Havana” collection and modern chandeliers and wall sconces from Rico Espinet’s “Caspian” collection.