Announcing Jonathan Adler as CTC&G IDA Innovator

CTC&G Presents the 7th Annual Innovation in Design Awards

Announcing the 2013 Innovator
Jonathan Adler

IMAGE: Jonathan Adler

CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) will honor iconic potter, designer, author, and personality Jonathan Adler as the 2013 Innovator Award recipient at the 7th annual Innovation in Design Awards.

Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1994 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan. Jonathan Adler now has over 20 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.

While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan has grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized design brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, and most recently handbags.

Jonathan’s creativity is fueled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-century modern, art, and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects Jonathan’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.

In addition to designing furniture and a variety of products, Jonathan has collaborated with many notable brands. In 2004 Jonathan redesigned the iconic Parker Palm Springs hotel in California. In 2009 Mattel called upon Jonathan to design the modern-glam interiors for the “real” Barbie™ Dream House in celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary. Jonathan designed Starbucks’ 2010 (RED)™ card and mug which directly benefited The Global Fund, and in 2011 Jonathan was selected as LACOSTE’s 6th Annual Collector’s series artist. In 2012 Jonathan collaborated with Kravet to create an exclusive collection of fabrics and partnered with The Rug Company on a collection; each partnership reflects his colorful approach to design and love of craftsmanship.

Jonathan is the author of four books, including My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living and the Happy Chic book series: Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessories. Jonathan’s latest book in the series, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life, published in November 2012. He lives in New York City with his partner, Barneys Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan and their Norwich Terrier Liberace.


This year, the CTC&G IDAs will be held:
Tuesday, May 21, 6pm at The Garden Pavilion at the Stamford Hilton

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