JOB DESCRIPTION: Designer, potter and author, JonathanAdler.com. Earlier this month in Kansas City, Jonathan Adler was a featured guest at a patrons party for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
By STACY DOWNS
The Kansas City Star
Q. Whats the best example of cheap chic in your home? Paint doesnt count!
A. The best thing is this incredible bust of Michael Jackson circa Thriller. I got it at a flea market for 20 bucks, and it would make Jeff Koons green with envy.
Q. How would you describe your personal style in five words or less?
A. I can do it in two words: irreverent luxury.
Q. Tell us about your home.
A. Our apartment in New York City was built at the turn of the last century. It has very grand and eccentric architecture with double-height vaulted ceilings and oversized rooms, unexpected molding details and a very welcomed sense of grandeur. We painted the whole thing white floors, ceilings, walls and added the stuff we love. Its very eclectic and glamorous.
Q. What do you collect?
A. I dont really collect things Im too busy making them to collect them.
Q. Besides buying new stuff or painting, how can someone give their home a lift?
A. The easiest thing is simply rearranging the furniture. Theres not one answer to the way furniture should be arranged; theres always a better way. Step back, look at what your house looks like and make it better.
Q. Whats your favorite room in your house and why?
A. My favorite room is my dining room. We turned a great living room space into an oversized dining room with a sense of fantasy that makes even eating my granola in the morning a delight.
Q. Do you look to any movies for design inspiration?
A. I look to movies for inspiration all the time. My style faves are The Graduate, Rosemarys Baby and North by Northwest. I love being able to bounce around the house and watch them from room-to-room.
Q. Whats currently pinned on your inspiration board?
A. Im obsessed right now with the color eau de nil. Its the color of England in the 40s and has a mournful nostalgia that Im finding very compelling. I just got back from England, and eau de nil is the color of Claridges, so I have lots of pictures I snapped while I was staying there.