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August 11, 1966 (age 51)|
New Jersey, U.S.
|Residence||Manhattan, New York City|
|Occupation||Potter, interior designer, designer, business owner|
|Known for||Pottery, product design, commercial and residential design, furniture design|
|Television||Top Design judge (2007–2008)|
|Spouse(s)||Simon Doonan (m. 2008)|
Jonathan Adler (born August 11, 1966 in New Jersey) is an American potter, designer, and author. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Soho, Manhattan. He now has 30 stores and runs an eponymous design business.
Early life and education
After growing up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Adler discovered an interest in pottery at summer camp when he was 12 years old. This interest in pottery was further enhanced by his fathers own interest in pottery as a hobby he pursued in Philadelphia, while remaining in Bridgeton to practice law for a career. When Jonathan later attended Brown University, he studied semiotics and art history, but spent most of his time at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design making pots. His RISD pottery, including Chanel inspired teapots and Sevres inspired urns, reflected his interests in pop culture, early hip hop culture, contemporary art, and fashion. His professor told him: "You have no talent, you need to leave and give up on your dreams and go become a lawyer."
After graduating, he spent three years as an assistant in the entertainment industry before returning to pottery, despite his former teacher's disapproval. He said in a 2013 interview that "...every creative person, and every craftsperson, should have a naysayer to rebel against." 
In 1990, Adler started teaching classes at Mud, Sweat 'n' Tears in New York City in exchange for free studio space. With those pots on hand, he cold-called the buyers from Barneys New York, received an order, and became a full-time production potter. In 1993 he founded Jonathan Adler Enterprises LLC.
He started as a production potter, producing on his own for years. He later worked with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that works to help artisans in developing countries by connecting them with designers in America. While in Peru visiting pottery studios, he was inspired by South American textiles and started designing pillows, throws, and rugs inspired by the work he found there.
Interior design projects
Adler has handled the interior design work of several commercial and residential projects. In 2004, he designed the Parker Palm Springs Hotel, the former Merv Griffin's Resort and Givenchy Spa property in Palm Springs, California. In 2016, he redesigned the hotel, extensively redoing the property including installing a seven-foot-tall bronze banana on the main lawn.
Other projects include 225 Rector Place, Abington House (on the High Line), multiple Related Property apartment designs and a 2015 overhaul of the rooms, hallways, and outdoor areas at Eau Palm Beach.
He speaks at design industry events and design-centric museums, such as IDS, IDS West, KBIS, and the Mint Museum. He has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and several other national programs.
Adler first publicly expressed his support for same-sex marriage in 2009. and works with various organizations to support LGBT rights. Both he and Doonan have filmed videos for Dan Savage's "It Gets Better Project".
- My Prescription for Anti-depressive Living, 2005, New York: HarperCollins, ISBN 0060820535
- Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing, 2010, New York: Sterling Publishing, ISBN 1402774303
- Jonathan Adler on Happuc Chic Colors, 2010, New York: Sterling Publishing, ISBN 1402774311
- 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life, 2012, York: Sterling Publishing, ISBN 1402775075
- 2007: Top Design season 1, Bravo network: judge for all ten episodes
- 2008: Top Design season 2, Bravo network, judge for all ten episodes
- "Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler". September 19, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
- "The Business: Jonathan Adler". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "An Interview With Jonathan Adler - Etsy Blog". etsy.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Our Furniture Story - Modern Design & Craftsmanship - Jonathan Adler". jonathanadler.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "How the Parker put Palm Springs back on the map". desertsun.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- Wogan, John (November 4, 2016). "A Very Jonathan Adler Hotel". Retrieved April 9, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Abington House - Property Features - Related Rentals". relatedrentals.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Inside Jonathan Adler's Duplex, an Ever-Changing Creative Lab Packed With His Own Creations". adweek.com. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
- "Gay rights a key concern for Jonathan Adler". Blogs.reuters.com. June 8, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2011.