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Thursday, August 18, 2011

happy chic — chicago's jonathan adler store

While in Chicago, I had a chance to wan­der hap­pily through the Jonathan Adler store. So much fun packed into one small space! Even my 7 year old enjoyed it — he wanted their Union Jack rug for his bed­room, but left smil­ing with a groovy deck of play­ing cards! Enjoy the stroll… Jonathan Adler Chicago

 

YUM! at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
orange crush at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
lush lac­quer at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
LOVE this lamp at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
a menagerie at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
ele­gance at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
hot dogs at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
great advice at Jonathan Adler Chicago

I hoped you enjoyed this vir­tual browse! For the full selec­tion, visit Jonathan Adler online!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

design crush — jonathan adler & happy chic

The Darien library was packed last night (97% women) for a pre­sen­ta­tion by noted pot­ter and designer Jonathan Adler. He began his talk with the epiphany moment that helped form his "happy chic" design sen­si­bil­ity — a Bahamian trip with hus­band Simon Doo­nan. They stayed on a resort prop­erty he described as "unim­peach­ably chic but joy­less", then vis­ited the sis­ter prop­erty full of laugh­ing joy­ful peo­ple with a zero chic rat­ing. Informed by a design­ers' men­tal­ity which requires well-designed, beau­ti­ful and lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings, he deter­mined to meld the two expe­ri­ences, in a non-snobby way.

Happy chic is cen­tered on the idea that décor has an effect on the psy­che. If you sur­round your­self with per­sonal, beau­ti­ful things you love, the result­ing joy will sus­tain you. Prod­ucts should have a mes­sage and a vibe, not be depen­dent on form. The man­i­festo says it all.

4 non-blondes between me and my crush

On the topic of his career, he men­tioned that "panic and igno­rance" were big dri­vers! After a RISD teacher told him he had no tal­ent as a pot­ter, he held many other jobs, but was fired over and over. Finally return­ing to his orig­i­nal love, pot­tery, he worked to build a now-global busi­ness, start­ing with his first pro­duc­tion order for Bar­neys. The bulk of his work time is now spent on prod­uct design and retail­ing, with his inte­rior design career a sideline.

A par­tic­u­larly use­ful piece of advice is to "have no pre­con­ceived ideas" about your space, your career or your life. Be open to pos­si­bil­i­ties — if you have a liv­ing room you never use, it's okay to put a ping pong table there and have fun!

Jonathan spoke a lot about eclec­ti­cism, a word often used to describe his design style. In his own home, he has a high thresh­old for visual stim­uli but rec­om­mends using sym­me­try to ground a space so eclec­tic objects have a frame­work within which to relate. His advice to audi­ence mem­bers ask­ing how to develop eclec­tic style in their own homes: "real eclec­ti­cism is best left to the pro­fes­sion­als." A bit eas­ier to imple­ment: throw in "a lit­tle glitz" to leaven the seri­ous­ness of a space. An "off-note" is another way to add inter­est to a room. He did seem to shud­der a bit imag­ing the off-notes peo­ple might try!

When asked about what's next: he's "very into brass right now" but work­ing on more ani­mal pots, fur­ther embrac­ing sur­re­al­ism and "tweak­ing tra­di­tional". Alas, "Top Design" on Bravo will not be return­ing. His two newest books sold briskly last night and he gra­ciously signed copies for all.

happy chic colors

happy chic accessorizing

gra­ciously sign­ing books

swoon!

What a delight to hear some­one who seems gen­uinely happy, doing what he loves and being so suc­cess­ful — thanks JA for an uplift­ing talk. Bring a lit­tle happy chic into your life — you won't be disappointed!

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