JONATHAN ADLER de­signer

Living Etc - - DESIGN / PROFILE - (jonathanadler.com)

The New York-based pot­ter be­gan his ca­reer back in 1994 with a sin­gle or­der from Bar­neys department store. He now pro­duces ev­ery­thing from fur­ni­ture to light­ing and is fa­mous for his ex­plo­sive use of colour and ir­rev­er­ent at­ti­tude to de­sign. Here, he ex­plains his ap­proach to the fes­tive dec­o­rat­ing of his Man­hat­tan apart­ment.

How would you sum up your en­ter­tain­ing style?

Sim­ple – modern Amer­i­can glam­our with a soupçon of ir­rev­er­ence. We al­ways think, ‘What would Hy­acinth Bucket (from Keep­ing Up Ap­pear­ances) do?’ We chan­nel her and try to host the most fab­u­lous can­dlelit suppers.

Is the fes­tive sea­son any dif­fer­ent?

The truth is, I’m kind of re­strained through­out the year, but dur­ing the hol­i­days, I find my in­ner Kar­dashian and un­leash a world of lay­ers and or­na­ments and glitz and it’s kind of great.

Can you of­fer some ad­vice on cre­at­ing a scheme for a party?

I like to think of my house as if she was a gor­geous woman – she al­ways needs a few bits of gold jew­ellery to add a lit­tle siz­zle.

What’s the se­cret to nail­ing that ‘bold’ look?

Tread care­fully! Fun should only make up one per cent of your in­te­rior de­sign scheme. Your room should scream chic and whis­per fun.

Do you have any no-nos around work­ing with colour?

When it comes to colour there are no ‘nos’ – as long as you love it, it’ll work. Life’s too short to look back and see an end­less haze of beige. Wait, I do have one rule – no mauve. I’d be happy never to see mauve again.

What do you go for in terms of a cen­tre­piece?

I would never be against a big bowl of metal­lic balls on the din­ner ta­ble. They’re un­ex­pected, they glim­mer and you don’t have to move them out of the way in or­der to make con­ver­sa­tion with the lucky per­son across from you.

Tell us about your most sig­nif­i­cant styling in­dul­gence when it comes to ta­ble set­ting.

Ir­rev­er­ence. In­stead of put­ting some or­nate, cal­lig­ra­phy-laden name card on the ta­ble, I find

the most em­bar­rass­ing pic­ture I can of each of my guests and de­face it. It’s a great con­ver­sa­tion starter (not to men­tion a highly pas­sive-ag­gres­sive move that I can’t rec­om­mend enough).

Be­sides your own, which shops are your go-to spots for fin­ish­ing touches year-round?

A hard­ware store is my for­ever favourite. I’m lucky to live with a win­dow dresser who sees pos­si­bil­ity in ev­ery item high and low.

What’s your sin­gle top tip for achiev­ing a stun­ning Christ­mas scheme?

Easy – mood light­ing. Dim­mers and can­dle­light hide a mul­ti­tude of sins.

And, fi­nally, who would be on your in­vite list to this dream din­ner?

Dame Edna be­cause she’s the only per­son on earth fun­nier than my hus­band. The Queen, as long as she brings her cor­gis (all I re­ally care about is dogs). Andy Warhol be­cause… Andy Warhol. But, re­ally, I’d give any­thing to have my dad back for just one night.

‘Through­out the year, I’m kind of re­strained, but dur­ing the hol­i­days, I find my in­ner Kar­dashian and un­leash a world of glitz’

FROM ABOVE LEFT Jonathan loves to host ri­otous can­dlelit suppers in his New York apart­ment – cre­ate a room that screams chic and whis­pers fun with witty de­signs, such as the Eve can­de­labra, £398; and Eve two-tier tray, £298, both Jonathan Adler; and...

CLOCK­WISE FROM RIGHT Set the party tone with a move­able bar – this is the Jac­ques cart, £1,450; and Rocket de­canters, from £148 each, all Jonathan Adler; pops of gold and vases of feath­ers add a fan­ci­ful touch to the fire­place; and Jonathan’s fes­tive...

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