WELCOME TO OUR WORLD OF
Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Jonathan’s desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, we are a design company with over 20 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally. We strive to create luxe and livable interiors that are seriously designed, but don’t take themselves too seriously.
Pottery is the soul of our company…
And our commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and luxury is reflected in all we do. Our offerings span furniture, lighting, home accessories, decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, rugs, pillows, and more. Our design work can be found in top restaurants, hotels, and homes around the world.
Here’s how JA became the man we know today.
Born in farm town in New Jersey.
Tries pottery at summer camp while wearing a Rush concert tee.
Spends entire adolescence in basement of family’s modern house throwing pots.
Allegedly studies semiotics and art history at Brown. Actually spends all his time at RISD making pots.
Makes quilted line of pottery inspired by Chanel. Evil professor advises him to try a career in law.
Moves to New York and starts working in the movie business.
Deeply depressed from three years in the movie biz, quits. Tells parents he wants to be a potter and starts Jonathan Adler, the company—vows never to have a real job again. Parents schedule an intervention.
Shows pots to Barneys and gets an order. Realizes he has to make the pots.
Realizing he’s but one man, hooks up with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that connects artisans in developing countries with American designers. Flies to Peru and discovers paradise—a beautiful workshop by the sea with parrots, gardens, and incredible craftsfolk. Creative explosion ensues.
Opens his first store in Soho.
Adopts (with his partner Simon Doonan) a Norwich terrier named Liberace who is the light of their lives.
Millennium madness. Luckily Y2K has no impact on pottery wheels.
Designs The Parker Palm Springs hotel. Develops raging obsession with waspy country club style—needlepoint, chinoiserie, and acid green lacquer. Concerned Jewish mother schedules another intervention.
Writes first design book. Jewish mother proud, but Liberace remains aloof—he is, after all, a terrier.
Turns 40. Reluctantly relinquishes ingénue status. Needlepoint obsession now less ironic.
Joins the Bravo family as lead judge on Top Design. Wanders the streets in outfits borrowed from the show hoping to be recognized.
Gets hitched to Simon. Liberace purchases something off-registry.
Tapped to design a real life Malibu Dream House to celebrate Barbie’s 50th. Can finally make amends for decapitating sister’s Barbie in 1974.
Opens his 20th store. It’s in Notting Hill. Figure destroyed by local delicacies—scones and clotted cream in London taking the brunt of the blame.
Celebrates 20 years of empire building. Completes a redesign of the groovy Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
Joins Fisher Price as Creative Director, providing a legitimate excuse to play with toys. Snuggles with his newly adopted mutt Foxylady (and occasionally Simon). The late, great Liberace smiles down from the big dog park in the sky.
Finds public sculpture appealing and creates a massive 7-foot-tall, 900-pound, bronze banana at The Parker Palm Springs.
These are our words to live by.
We’ve been showcasing them in our stores for as long as we’ve been believing them.
WE BELIEVE that your home should make you happy.
WE BELIEVE that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.
WE BELIEVE colors can’t clash.
WE BELIEVE minimalism is a bummer.
WE BELIEVE in irreverent luxury.
WE BELIEVE in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Bonnie Cashin, Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.
WE BELIEVE in being underdressed or overdressed always.
WE BELIEVE in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.
WE BELIEVE celebrities should pay full price.
WE BELIEVE our lighting makes you look younger and thinner.
WE BELIEVE in highbrow books and lowbrow music.
WE BELIEVE in the three Ls: layer, layer, layer.
WE BELIEVE subversive is superior.
We live to make our surroundings as glamorous as you are. We offer Complimentary Interior Design Services in all of our retail locations or online, and for large-scale projects, we have an Interiors team based in our New York studio.
From invites to innovative technology and everything in between,get a glimpse at our partnerships.