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Jonathan Adler (born in 1966 in New Jersey, United States) is a potter, designer, and author. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.
Jonathan Adler Enterprises
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.
Adler's inspirations have come from Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture.
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 most recently Adler was selected as Lacoste’s 6th Annual Collectors series artist, debuting Holiday 2011.
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.
Television and public appearances
After growing up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Adler graduated from The Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware and 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.
Gay rights advocacy
An advocate for gay rights, Adler has publicly expressed his support for gay marriage.
- Colman, David. "His Guiding Light? Mom, of Course", The New York Times, December 7, 2012. Accessed December 9, 2012. "One might guess that Mr. Adler, 46, who studied semiotics at Brown University and ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design, had developed his careful balancing act of cynicism and sincerity — cynicerity, for short — as an adult. But, it turns out, he had a lucky star guiding him right from the day he was born. A wholly artificial star, of course: the chandelier that hung above his family’s dining table in their house in Bridgeton, N.J."
- Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, The New York Times, September 21, 2008. Accessed December 9, 2012.
- "Adler on Gay Rights". Blogs.reuters.com. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2011-04-03.