Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Little Wisdom From Jonathan Adler

I came across Jonathan Adler's design manifesto over the weekend, and I just LOVE his approach and insights

Our Manifesto

We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard,
Bonnie Cashin. Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman,
Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses,
raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style:
Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa '72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though
they've never actually won any.

We believe in Aid to Artisans.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques - suits of armour,
worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry
and go pick some actual blackberries.

We believe colors can't clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.

We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.

We believe in irreverent luxury.

He also has a twitter, I don't, but apparently he posts fun little gems like this
Daily Adlerism! Walking in your front door should feel like running into your ex-boyfriend and he’s fat"


  1. love the daily alderism! i love their stuff so much and love their philosophy as well. xo

  2. Gotta love him! You can actually follow him (or anyone else on twitter) on your reader, even if you don't have Twitter. Essentially it's read-only. You won't be able to comment/reply to a tweet.

  3. ha! wonderful. i love this one: "We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

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  5. I love this so much I may have to share it on my site!! I'll of course mention I saw it here first! Just so funny and right on!


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