Q+A | Jonathan Adler says rearranging furniture is a quick way to give home a lift

Updated: 2012-10-21T03:36:34Z


The Kansas City Star

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.

Q. What’s the best example of cheap chic in your home? Paint doesn’t 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. It’s very eclectic and glamorous.

Q. What do you collect?

A. I don’t really collect things — I’m 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. There’s not one answer to the way furniture should be arranged; there’s always a better way. Step back, look at what your house looks like and make it better.

Q. What’s 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,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “North by Northwest.” I love being able to bounce around the house and watch them from room-to-room.

Q. What’s currently pinned on your inspiration board?

A. I’m obsessed right now with the color eau de nil. It’s the color of England in the ’40s and has a mournful nostalgia that I’m finding very compelling. I just got back from England, and eau de nil is the color of Claridge’s, so I have lots of pictures I snapped while I was staying there.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to sdowns@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/stacykc.

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