Jonathan Adler, famed home furnishings designer who got his start selling ceramics at craft fairs, has a case of the sadz because of most people’s bad design choices. He wishes they’d would put more effort into decorating.
In a recent interview for Adweek — accompanying a pictorial spread of his and his partner, Barney’s Creative Ambassador at Large, Simon Doonan’s West Village duplex — Adler laments , “The sad thing is that most people don’t feel like they have the leeway to play.” He continues, “Decorating seems intimidating to people and they feel like, ‘Oh, if I’m going to live with something forever, I should choose something middle-of-the-road.’ You should never settle for any object that is less than extraordinary because that’s what will make your life and your home memorable.”
In an effort to turn his frown upside down and be servicey to those less design savvy, the creative power couple altruistically opened their colorful home in a glorious product-placement filled spread featuring many of Adler’s own designs and offered an even more colorful commentary. “I make many thousands of products, and not only do I enjoy bringing them into my house, I just feel it’s my responsibility to road test them,” the New York Post’s Page Six reports. Adler goes on to explain his home’s design aesthetic is “modern American glamour.”
In an accompanying video, Doonan discusses home design and is quoted as saying, “You can’t put a price tag on art, beauty and style.” But what you can put a price tag on is the $10 Michael Jackson bust that they obtained at a yard sale — now proudly display on without a hint of irony. “Modern American glamour” indeed.