JONATHAN ADLER designer
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...