The 11 Greatest Lessons We Learned From Jonathan Adler

Get inspired by solid-gold design wisdom from an iconic designer.

Mention celebrated interior designer and potter Jonathan Adler and the image of cheerful, sophisticated interiors always comes to mind. There are a lot of design gems to learn from this creative genius; read on for the greatest lessons the man has taught us._5
parerkres08 You'll be hard pressed to find a Jonathan Adler-designed room that doesn't have curtains kissing the ceiling. Adler knows well that hanging your curtains high makes your windows look larger and your ceilings higher. Take heed.
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idesignarch Orange may seem like a bright and bold color choice, but Adler makes it work in every single room. Finding orange in his portfolio is easier than spotting a striped shirt in Where's Waldo? A bit of the cheerful color will give your home an always-sunny vibe. Try it.
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richardpowers The man practically invented the expression more is more. A super-sized lampshade paired with a funky floor-to-ceiling room divider, next to not one but four gold tables? Why the heck not.
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jonathanadler1 If it were up to us, summer would last year-round. That's why we live in Los Angeles. Adler knows how to make a room feel warm, bright, and beachy -- even in the middle of winter in Manhattan-- by lightening walls, adding vibrant accents, and bringing in lively foliage. If only he could predict warm weather like Al Roker.
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richardpowers2 There's no fun in being serious. Not a stitch. Why not install a hanging chair in every space possible, dress your walls with personified, smiling sun ceramics, and pile on the pillows in pink and yellow? A happy home makes a happy heart.
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workshopapd Just like a great outfit, every room needs a finishing touch, and in interiors, that touch is lighting. Metallic and bright, lighting becomes a focal point and pulls all the other special elements of your ensemble together. Invest in the good stuff, and they can become heirlooms, too.
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flotowarner1 There's nothing like a little sparkle in a room to make it feel like there's fairy dust in the air. From a sculptural brass C. Jeré mirror to a bronze, tree-shaped table base to gilded hand-shaped Pedro Friedeberg chairs, every Adler space has a special metallic moment in it.
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richardpowers1_0 What's not to love about having a good time? Make your guests smile with provocative accents or a rug inspired by the sea when they walk into your home, and keep their eyes scanning the room for more amusing details. Adler's interiors are all about experience -- the experience of fun.
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idesignarch1 Why be stiff when you can be loosey goosey? You could put iron andirons in your fireplace . . . or a giant brass boot. You could put a tufted bench at the foot of your bed . . . or a sofa shaped like a man's head. Adler has taught us that challenging tradition can create some of the most memorable--and gorgeous--spaces.
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ngocminhngo Never send a piece of pottery out on its own. Become a collector of accessories and layer, layer, layer. Putting 12 vases on one bookcase is not excess -- it's restraint. Follow Adler's lead by piling them on and moving them around whenever it strikes your fancy.
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jonathanadler A simple white bedroom can be boring (and it usually is). But drop a giant, hefty chrome four-poster bed in there, and your home could be the next cover girl of your favorite shelter magazine. Adler uses large-scale pieces often in his designs, which can not only make a room feel larger, but also adds another element of irreverence and playfulness.

What do you love about Jonathan Adler's work? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @domainehome.

Photographs: 1. Richard Powers (photographer and source), 2. Jonathan Adler, 3. IDesignArch, 4. Richard Powers (photographer and source), 5. Jonathan Adler, 6. Richard Powers (photographer and source), 7. Workshop/APD (architect and source), 8. Floto + Warner (photographer and source), 9. Richard Powers (photographer and source), 10. IDesignArch, 11. Ngoc Minh Ngo (photographer and source), 12. Jonathan Adler

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