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Jonathan Adler Seating

American

Potter-turned-home-design guru Jonathan Adler is a man with a peripatetic mind, inspired in equal parts, it seems, by classic modern design, Surrealism and pop culture.

Although his namesake company has expanded into a mini empire touching just about every aspect of modern living — chairs and ice buckets, wallpaper and menorahs, chandeliers and rugs — made in myriad materials, Adler still creates almost every object in clay first. His guiding principle is a simple one: “I make the stuff I want to surround myself with, and I surround myself with it.”

Adler grew up in a New Jersey farm town. His grandfather became a local judge, and his father returned home after graduating from the University of Chicago. “My pop was a brilliantly talented artist. At one point, he had to decide whether to become an artist or a —,” he pauses, searching for the right word, “person.” His father became a lawyer but spent all his free time in his studio, “making art, unencumbered by the need to make money from it. It was a totally pure pursuit.” Adler’s mother, who had worked at Vogue and moved to the rural town reluctantly, was also creative, and both parents encouraged their three children’s creativity.

When he was 12, Adler went to sleepaway camp, where he threw his first pot. “And it was on,” he says. His parents bought him a pottery wheel, and he spent the remainder of his adolescence elbow-deep in clay. Even while majoring in semiotics and art history at Brown University, he hung out at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, making pots.

Adler moved to New York City, worked briefly in entertainment, and in 1993 returned to his true love, throwing pots (in exchange for teaching classes) at a Manhattan studio called Mud Sweat & Tears. One day, at Balducci’s food market, he ran into Bill Sofield, an old friend who had recently cofounded, with Thomas O’Brien, the now-legendary Aero Studios, a design firm and shop. Sofield paid a studio visit and promptly gave him an order. Then, another friend introduced Adler to a buyer at Barneys New York, who also wrote an order.

For about three years after Adler began devoting himself to ceramics full-time. Despite the street cred of both Aero and Barneys, he also wasn’t really making enough money to live on. Then, in 1997, he teamed with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit aimed at creating economic opportunity for skilled artisans in developing countries, and traveled to Peru to hire potters who could follow his designs, thus increasing production.

Adler’s first store opened in 1998, in the Soho shopping mecca in Manhattan. He now operates about two dozen shops, as far-flung as London and Bangkok. During Adler’s trip to Peru, he connected not only with potters but also with several talented weavers and decided to branch out into textiles. Other categories followed, leading him to travel the world in search of artisans who could execute his endless supply of ideas. In India, Adler found a man who’s expert at beadwork; he has his limed furniture made in Indonesia, his honey-colored wood pieces in Vietnam.

After a friend asked him to decorate her house, Adler expanded to interior design, taking on hotels as well as private residences — projects for which he remains “agnostic,” using pieces by other designers. “I really try to get to know my clients and then make them seem more glamorous and more eccentric than they think,” he says. “I see myself as a slimming mirror for them.”

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Creator: Jonathan Adler
Ether Curved Velvet Sofa
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Heaven sent. A curved sofa announces to the world that you are on the varsity decorating squad. Airy yet edgy, our Ether Curved sofa is upholstered in heavenly Bergamo Azure velvet a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Jonathan Adler Black Lacquered Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs, Pair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in Richmond, VA
Listed is a fabulous, pair of black lacquered faux bamboo Chinese Chippendale armchairs with white linen upholstered seats, by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinoiserie Jonathan Adler Seating

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Cotton, Linen, Faux Bamboo, Lacquer

Maxime Velvet and Brass Dining Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Modern elegance. A gleaming brass frame with an intriguing crisscross back and our signature sabots cradles a softly curved seat and sculptural back. But don't be fooled by the sinuo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Pompidou Modular Four-Piece Sectional in Oatmeal Bouclé
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Pipe Up. Introducing our new modular seating system. Extra deep, sublimely squishy and guaranteed to solve all of your problems. Get what you need, from a single seat to a sprawling ...
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2010s American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Bouclé

Black Lacquer Chinese Chippendale Teal Chair by Jonathan Adler
By Jonathan Adler
Located in Pasadena, CA
The Jonathan Adler Black Lacquer Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chair embodies a contemporary take on Chinoiserie style. Its classic design, finished in a graphic black gloss lacquer, refle...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Bacharach Teddy Swivel Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Louche glamour. Think Halston, think Studio 54, think sybaritic style. But also think cozy, comfy swivel chair. Upholstered in ivory teddy with an architectural antiqued brass swivel...
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Jonathan Adler Grey Velvet Rider Counter Stools, Set of 2
By Jonathan Adler
Located in London, GB
Designed by Jonathan Adler, these contemporary counter stools have an ornate aesthetic. Constructed from a white frame, the stools have polished nickel sabots and accents, with a ...
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2010s Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Nickel

Bacharach Reef Velvet Swivel Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Louche glamour. Think Halston, think Studio 54, think sybaritic style. But also think cozy, comfy swivel chair. Upholstered in inky blue Rialto Reef velvet with an architectural brus...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Stainless Steel

Maxime Shearling and Brass Lounge Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Modern elegance. A gleaming brass frame with an intriguing crisscross back and our signature sabots cradles a softly curved seat and sculptural back in sumptuous shearling upholstery...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Rider Gold Velvet and Brass Dining Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Parisian Flair. Our modern homage to an Empire style dining chair. Our rider dining chair is petite and glamorous, but ultra-comfy. Great as a dinin...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Empire Jonathan Adler Seating

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Nickel

Goldfinger Velvet and Brass Dining Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Minimalist comfort. Pared down geometry in polished brass meets Rialto navy velvet in our Goldfinger collection. A little bit, 1970s, a lot today. Goldfinger is the winning ticket th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Claridge Modern Chesterfield Sofa in Navy Leather
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
21st Century comfort. Our spin on the Classic Chesterfield. We took the original profile—clubby comfort, tailored tufting—and made it modern with a pared down silhouette. The finishi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

White Mongolian Bench with Brass Leg
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Posh Perch. A plush Mongolian lamb bench with brass legs for a surprising and glamorous twist. It's the perfect perch at the foot of a bed, a natu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Maxime Brass Daybed
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Modern elegance. Sinuous, sculptural, surprising, our Maxime daybed hits all the right notes. A gleaming brass frame cradles a gracious and soft cushion upholstered in a Palermo Dove...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Beaumont Bouclé Settee
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
New traditionalism. Minimalist rigor meets cocoon-y comfort. Our Beaumont collection's architectural yet airy bases are juxtaposed with silhouettes softened by sculptural flair. Bala...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Bacharach Champagne Velvet Swivel Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Louche glamour. Think Halston, think Studio 54, think sybaritic style. But also think cozy, comfy swivel chair. Upholstered in luxurious blush Como Champagne velvet...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Contemporary Modern Window Bench by Jonathan Adler
By Jonathan Adler
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Mid-Century Modern style window bench in the style of Paul McCobb features unique tapered and splayed legs. Stylish design with plush white tufted upholstery and thick padde...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Beaumont Bouclé Lounge Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
New Traditionalism. Minimalist rigor meets cocoon-y comfort. Our Beaumont collection's architectural yet airy bases are juxtaposed with silhouettes softened by sculptural flair. Balance and geometry get a glamorous lift from shiny polished brass and luxe Olympus Ivory bouclé. Pairs perfectly with our Beaumont Settee. Specs: Upholstered in Olympus Ivory Bouclé upholstery (54% polyester, 41% acrylic, 5% wool) Loose bench seat cushion...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Brass

Ether Lounge Chair in Ice Blue Velvet
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Heaven sent. Our sleek Ether chair packs a powerful punch. The Minimalist gesture of the capsule-inspired Silhouette provides surprising comfort, while gle...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Jonathan Adler Seating

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Channeled Goldfinger Lounge Chair
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Shock Waves. Minimalist comfort gets a modernist makeover—we've taken our definition of leaned-back luxury to the next level with our Channeled Goldfinger Lounge Chair...
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Warm modernism. Beautiful from every angle, the St. Germain club chair features a dash of Japanese rigor, a hint of Scandinavian Modernism, and a full dose of chic. A sinuous and sim...
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Jonathan Adler seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Jonathan Adler seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jonathan Adler seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 2 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 15 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Jonathan Adler were created in the modern style in united states during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Crump and Kwash, Sam Hecht + Kim Colin, and Guéridon Design. Prices for Jonathan Adler seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,050 and can go as high as $5,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,300.

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