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Jonathan Adler – fabulously fun but perhaps not quite quirky!


I know – his work is perhaps a tad too mainstream to be considered quirky, particularly for you Northern Hemisphere dwellers, but hear me out… I spotted these Jonathan Adler Williamsburg vases the other day and added them to my wee list of ‘things I like’.

As with so many things, when you change the context, you introduce a new perspective.  Forget they are a fabulously-fun-yet-not-quite-quirky Jonathan Adler design… NOW, might they look the teeniest bit quirky?

Jonathan Adler Utopia Williamsburg Vase
A little bit of whimsy for US$38 for the pair
(You can buy them here)
His and hers, no less!

Following on from that find, I thought it only reasonable to take a decent squizz at the flamboyant Mr Adler’s site.  You know what? – he’s got some funky stuff. If its been a while since you popped your head in, let me share a few things that tickled my wee fancy….

Jonathan Adler Zebra Rug - in orange
Hand loomed llama's wool rug from Peru at US$995
(You can buy them here)
Who knows where I would put it but its ORANGE!!! (or black, pink, red, turquoise, green...)
Jonathan Adler leather Terrier
Handcrafted from full grain leather at US$695
(You can buy them here)
Or, maybe you'd prefer a hippo' or pig or elephant or rhino'?
Jonathan Adler embroidered 'Specs Case' - in green
Handmade wool needlepoint for US$42
(You can buy them here)
I suspect it makes me officially old that I even need to consider a specs case...
Jonathan Adler Walnut Claude Special Edition Gossip Bench Set
You can stack or reconfigure to your hearts desire. This one for US$1,890
(You can order one here)
These are limited edition collectors editions and - forget the exorbitant shipping costs - I have no-where in my home to put one. DAMN IT!!!
Jonathan Adler Mod Love Cushion
Spread the love with needlepoint at US$175
(You can buy them here)
This design is also available as a footstool. Perhaps not together, though... too matchy, matchy, matchy!

I even quite like the Jonathan Adler manifesto.  Who doesn’t appreciate a brand that has the audacity to state, “We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.“? Or, what about, “We believe tassels are the earrings of the home“? What do you reckon’?

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Comments (22)

I love the manifesto, especially the bit about we believe our designs are award winning even though we have never won! I may have to adapt for the birdcage! Thanks for bringing a smile the cold Sydney morning!

Isn’t the manifesto great? It says “we don’t take ourselves too seriously”, to me – a fantastic ethos in this space.

Go for it, BCD!!! 🙂 (Still in NZ here, but heading back to Syders this arvo’)

Absolutely, life is far to short to be too serious. Have a great trip back… and make sure you bring some nice woollies back with you it is a bit nippy this morning!!!

Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

The gossip bench seat, is what we had back in the early 70’s known as a phone table. The phone sat on top, phone books in the drawer, and the seat to sit and talk on the phone, I haven’t seen one in may years, of course now we have cordless phones there is no need for a phone table, but I used to love it. 😀

Didn’t they date back to a time when a home only had one phone (and sometimes it was even a party line)? I think it’s GORGEOUS!!! 🙂

Those vases are so quirky, I’m coveting them!

Me too, TNG. Glad you like ’em! 🙂

LOVE IT! This is right up my street – those vases, that dog, that zebra rug – fabulous! And that manifesto is genius, with lessons in there for all of us…throw away your Blackberry and go pick some real blackberries. And what a great marketing pitch – our lamps will make you look younger and thinner! Great start to the week, thank you TSL! (Safe home & keep your umbrella handy today.) 🙂

I have the brussel sprout umbrella at the ready. Thanks, Sparks.

Happy my Sydney blog buddies like this post! I reckon’ that glass of vino is fast approaching…! 🙂

I do like the Jonathan Adler a great deal. On the rare year when I get to vacation in NYC, I like paying his little store a visit 🙂

A wee incentive, perhaps, MDC? 🙂

Great manifesto! I particularly like the ‘minimalism is a bummer’., and the underdressed or overdressed (always)! So much quirk here I don’t know where to start!

We are not as familiar with JA down here, S. Loving that manifesto, though! 🙂

Hope your weekend was a goody. Back in Syders for this wee blogger!

That manifesto is fabulous! I need to hang that up somewhere in my house!

Me too, WIM2S. It sounds like a fun place to work, doesn’t it? 🙂

You’ve got to love a lamp that makes you look younger and thinner.

where do I get one (or three!)

gorgeous post, thanks!

Well howdy Maree Louise – thanks for popping in to say hi! I think I need a few of those, too!

Ms Syders – I bought J.A. Xmas decorations one year for all my family and friends. Did they break in the mail? Um, I don’t think so (noone told me otherwise, anyway) BUT I think his style rocks. And hey, I also threw out my blackberry! (my mum calls it a blueberry!) FUN post!

SO love that your Mum calls it a blueberry! Brilliant! 🙂

I want the gossip bench. I shall make room! 😉

Sweetie – we are going to create our own magical things at the Upcycling session at the Powerhouse… Just you wait!

It is bloody gorgeous, tho’! 🙂

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