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Timeline

  • Baby Jonathan Adler
    1966

    Born in farm town in New Jersey.

  • 1978

    Tries pottery at summer camp while wearing a Rush concert tee.

  • 1980-84

    Spends entire adolescence in basement of family’s modern house throwing pots.

  • Jonathan Making Pots
    1984-88

    Allegedly studies semiotics and art history at Brown. Actually spends all his time at RISD making pots.

  • 1989

    Makes quilted line of pottery inspired by Chanel. Evil professor advises him to try a career in law.

  • 1990

    Moves to New York and starts working in the movie business.

  • Jonathan Making Pots
    1993

    Deeply depressed from three years in the movie biz, quits. Tells parents he wants to be a potter and starts Jonathan Adler, the company—vows never to have a real job again. Parents schedule an intervention.

  • 1994

    Shows pots to Barneys and gets an order. Realizes he has to make the pots.

  • Jonathan in Peru
    1997

    Realizing he’s but one man, hooks up with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that connects artisans in developing countries with American designers. Flies to Peru and discovers paradise—a beautiful workshop by the sea with parrots, gardens, and incredible craftsfolk. Creative explosion ensues.

  • 1998

    Opens his first store in Soho.

  • 1999

    Adopts (with his partner Simon Doonan) a Norwich terrier named Liberace who is the light of their lives.

  • 2000

    Millennium madness. Luckily Y2K has no impact on pottery wheels.

  • 2004

    Designs The Parker Palm Springs hotel. Develops raging obsession with waspy country club style—needlepoint, chinoiserie, and acid green lacquer. Concerned Jewish mother schedules another intervention.

  • Jonathan Adler Book
    2005

    Writes first design book. Jewish mother proud, but Liberace remains aloof—he is, after all, a terrier.

  • 2006

    Turns 40. Reluctantly relinquishes ingénue status. Needlepoint obsession now less ironic.

  • Jonathan Adler Top Design
    2007

    Joins the Bravo family as lead judge on Top Design. Wanders the streets in outfits borrowed from the show hoping to be recognized.

  • Jonathan Adler Married
    2008

    Gets hitched to Simon. Liberace purchases something off-registry.

  • Jonathan Adler Barbie
    2009

    Tapped to design a real life Malibu Dream House to celebrate Barbie’s 50th. Can finally make amends for decapitating sister’s Barbie in 1974.

  • 2012

    Opens a store in Notting Hill. Figure destroyed by local delicacies—scones and clotted cream in London taking the brunt of the blame.

  • 2014

    Celebrates 20 years of empire building. Completes a redesign of the groovy Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

  • Jonathan Adler Fisher Price
    2016

    Joins Fisher Price as Creative Director, providing a legitimate excuse to play with toys. Snuggles with his newly adopted mutt Foxylady (and occasionally Simon). The late, great Liberace smiles down from the big dog park in the sky.

  • 2017

    Finds public sculpture appealing and creates a massive 7-foot-tall, 900-pound, bronze banana at The Parker Palm Springs.

  • Jonathan Adler Book
    2019

    Adds “honorary Swede” to identity following a wintry holiday-themed capsule collection with H&M HOME.

  • 2020

    Like the rest of the world, spends the beginning of 2020 enraptured by Cheer. Contemplates whether it’s too late to become a collegiate athlete.

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