It’s Tabletop Week again and 7West kicked off the festivities with a great discussion on creativity hosted by iconic potter Jonathan Adler and prolific journalist Rima Suqi. From his childhood passion of throwing pots in the basement of his family’s modern home to his first order from Barneys in 1994, Jonathan has stayed true to his motto that “if your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.”
Now, his collection of “happy chic” home accessories (sold in over 1,000 stores worldwide and in eleven Jonathan Adler stores) has expanded to include not only pottery, but pillows and throws, rugs, lighting, candles and diffusers and even a collection for Barbie’s 50th birthday.
During the conversation, Jonathan shared some of his tips on starting a business (“hang out with tragic, cautionary tales and learn from them!”), what fuels his creativity (Latin American weavers helped launched his pillow line) and humourous anecdotes on doing business abroad (like parrots dropping dead during a meeting in Peru.)
When creating his collections, Jonathan follows three design philosophies: organic modernism (paired down yet “crafty”), deluxe (a.k.a. David Hicks, Palm Beach, Hollywood Regency) and pop (hippy and groovy). His paired down sensibility with a sense of exuberance is clearly seen in his wonderful products and his colorful voice in interior design is unique. Thank you, Jonathan and Rima, for a most enjoyable time!