Thursday, 9 February 2012

Happy chic with Jonathan Adler

“Make your own – Personal style means having a space that’s comfy but filled with stuff that has meaning to you. It should hold things created and inspired by passionate people. Personal style should make you happy and happiness is chic.” Is one of designer Jonathan Adlers Design tips.

Jonathan Adler, A potter by trade, and well-known for his "happy chic" approach to home furnishings and interior design, developed a unique style that mixes modernist forms with bold colours and "groovy" graphics.

In his Soho studio, Jonathan and his team design and sculpt every prototype. Adler connected with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that connects designers in America with artisans in developing countries to promote fair trade. The skilled artisans at the workshop in Peru make molds from the prototypes and then hand craft each piece from high-fired stoneware or porcelain, which peeks through the sheer white glaze. Each unique piece has a lifespan because only so many of each are made.

Fans of Jonathan Adler with a little hipster flair will enjoy the Utopia collection, a playfully chic universe of vases, vessels and objects. I know I do. The collection is inspired by mid-twentieth-century Scandinavian ceramics. Adlers Man/Woman Vase features a man's face on one side and a woman's face on the other.


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