Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Currently Loving: Jonathan Adler's Manifesto

I had not read Jonathan Adler's manifesto in a while when I came across it again the other day. It put a big smile on my face and I am sure it will do the same for you.

Our Manifesto
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 blackberries.
We believe colors can't clash.
We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.
We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.
We believe in irreverent luxury.

Images and Manifesto via Jonathan Adler

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

That is so great! He is so talented...I just love him! The image of the office with the blue and white geometric carpeting is stunning! Thanks for these images and the fun Manifesto!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I'll drink to that! Cheers!

SweetPea said...

I"m a big fan of his work, and this just solidified everything I love about him.

meohmyoh said...

And now I'm currently loving it too :]

Jaime said...

Thanks for sharing these images and his manifesto(s)! I particularly love "We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing."- so true!

LindsB said...

I've always loved his fun taste and now I love him even more- this is so great!

LifestyleBohemia said...

Isn't that right!

C said...

LOVE it! I'd never read this before- thanks for sharing!

Jacquelyn said...

Best thing I've read all day! Definitely made me smile...especially that bit about the carbs!

New England Girl said...

That was a great read!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Lovely Little Nest said...

haha this is hilarious! I've never read it before. Hope you don't mind if I use it on my site! :)

Miss E said...

Love, love, love it! So true and well-written. And I adore his work!

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LifeLoveLuxury said...

LOVE and ADORE!! Thanks for reminding me of this little gem. I think it might be printed and stuck to my desk.

captivate me. said...

so cute!! I love the manifesto, it put a smile on my face as well. Great post :-)

Blushing hostess said...

Yes, I agree, just perfect.

ms. less is always more said...

oh my... each room is so perfect... each line is so perfect! Love it!

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

Love it! Especially that "Minimalism is a bummer!"

Sarah's Fab Day said...

love it!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love it. I am on vacation and just what I wanted to read!

corseted said...

I love his manifesto.It's whimsical and funny!
The thing about dogs though
...Muslims consider dog saliva extremely dirty. If they touch it, they will have to go through an intensive purification process using rare ingredients. Until then, they are considered 'dirty' and they cannot visit their place of worship. I'm fine with dogs myself but this is why dogs aren't allowed in cabs, public transport, restaurants or malls in my country (Singapore)

Jeannine said...

I haven't read this since I got my dog and I have to say that that line was a jumping off point for a blog post of my own. Thanks, Paloma. :)

Obed Garza said...

What a great way of thinking! I am inspired!