After growing up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Adler 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. Jonathan Adler is an advocate for gay rights, Adler has publicly expressed his support for gay marriage.
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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.
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Adler’s inspirations have come from Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture.
Pottery artist Jonathan Adler is best known for his “happy” interior designs and line of home furnishings. He owns a design company that’s dedicated to bringing “grooviness to your home” with pottery, furniture, rugs, stationary, etc. Creating lavish interiors for venues including the Parker Palm Springs Hotel and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Adler has also designed for fashion house 7 For All Mankind.
Adler is the author of three 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.
Adler was the lead judge on the Bravo series Top Design and a frequent presenter at design fairs and university seminars.
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 Adler was selected as Lacoste’s 6th Annual Collectors series artist, debuting Holiday 2011.
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