The Jonathan Adler Manifesto.

By Alison February 8, 2006 3 Comments 2 Min Read


Oh my! Could the Jonathan Adler Manifesto be anymore wonderful??

"We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Bonnie Cashin. Hans Coper, Gio Ponti,
Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses, raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style:
Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though they’ve never actually won any.

We believe in Aid to Artisans.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques – suits of armour, worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry and go pick some actual

We believe colors can’t clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots."~


Buy the book!


If only because it is called "My Prescription For Anti-Depressive Living." And lets face it, we could all use a bit of that!


  1. ms*robyn says:

    never heard of this guy – but he sure sounds like my kind of man!

  2. Suzie says:

    I love the manifesto, but I looked at the site, and not too fussed on the products. It's all a bit modern for me!

  3. LOVE his thinking! Anti-depressive living … very clever. I'm not a modern decorator but his stuff is happy and fun ~ my favourites are the pottery head vases.

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