Here’s the deal… There are a lot of people who’ve found success. But I found it deeply inspiring to meet someone who chose a profession he loves, surrounded himself with others who make him better, and has stayed humble despite his rather impressive accomplishments.
My BlogTourNYC buddies and I toured Jonathan Adler’s corporate office in NYC, which would sound silly to you if you were with us because there was nothing “corporate” about it. Just a bunch of brilliant and FUN people with great shoes, cute little dogs (yes, they were everywhere) and inspiration seemingly pouring out of the walls.
Jonathan Adler is a wondeful designer whose name adorns a “happy chic” line of home furnishings, accessories, and most recently handbags. He was also the lead judge on Bravo TV’s Top Design. I wasn’t sure what to expect given his amazing resume but he greeted us with a great big smile and utter appreciation for our taking time to meet him. Who knew he also loves to read BLOGS!?!
We first toured his office, which was everything I dreamed it would be. Brilliant colors and amazing mixes of textures, vintage and new accessories that all seemed meant to be yet, not matched or overly intentional. And let us not forget Jonathan’s desk, which turns into a Ping Pong table. Perhaps that is the modern measure of success!
Next we moved to his pottery studio. For those not familiar with J’s story he was introduced to pottery as a young boy at summer camp and the craft became a part of his career and life story. Pottery seems to be a way for Jonathan to relax, be inspired and always go back to the basics. After some introductory small talk, Jonathan made a quick shoe change and got behind the wheel to give us a pottery lesson. Team BlogTourNYC was anything but serious so even though we were all feverishly taking notes, jokes flew and a lot of laughs were exchanged.
We ended the tour with cocktails and a sneak peak at some new items launching soon (I have my eye on a Jonathan Adler turquoise + blue clutch) and chatted up the talented team that makes Jonathan Adler, Jonathan Adler.
Cheers to Jonathan Alder & Team. A happy and successful… life + style story.
A special thanks to the FABULOUS Marilyn Russell, Principal Designer of Design Magnifique who snapped the “cocktails” photo. Of course, a huge thanks to Modenus for inviting me along for BlogTourNYC and my friend, Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar for arranging the Jonathan Adler visit.
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