The potter, designer, and author who popularized ceramics with elegant silhouettes, midcentury starburst mirrors, and the bright colors of South Florida and Palm Springs is bringing his famed style of Modern American Glamour to West SoHo. Jonathan Adler has partnered with 70 Charlton to create a model residence featuring handpicked furniture, fabrics, and accessories, all designed to blend the refined polish of Uptown Manhattan with edgy Downtown cool. And with the historic surroundings of 70 Charlton’s SoHo condos in mind, Adler has adopted a muted color palette that derives its signature flair from touches of brilliant metal and rich textiles.
In a sense, Adler’s model residence brings him back to his roots. His first foray into design was through ceramics. As a student at Brown University, he took art classes at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design and made “quilted” pots inspired by Chanel handbags. In the early 1990s, he established his own company and got an order from Barneys New York following a cold call. Adler’s stylish ceramics, with their organic forms and shimmery, metallic surfaces, won legions of fans, and he opened his first shop in SoHo in 1998. Adler now has more than 25 retail shops, and his designs—which include ceramics, home accessories, textiles, lighting, furniture, and more—are sold in over 1000 boutiques and department stores across the globe.
Adler’s sense of style became more widely known to audiences via his appearances on Bravo’s Top Design in 2007 and 2008, and through his books, including his most recent, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. His projects as an interior designer have included the iconic Parker Palm Springs Hotel, the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and numerous private residences across the country. Catch a glimpse of bright colors, a geometric Greek key pattern, or a space accessorized with abandon, and you’ll know Jonathan Adler has left his mark.
But his designs for 70 Charlton’s model home show a sophisticated direction, while, at the same time, this project recalls his earlier days as a potter. The West SoHo residence’s overall aesthetic is relatively subdued, from the oiled bronze metal door and red brick exterior to the warm, wood-paneled lobby. In keeping with this autumnal palette, Adler opted to layer neutrals like blue, gray, and gold and let small objects and works of art pack a colorful punch. The entryway welcomes visitors with crisp, geometric forms and playful details.
All the objects and furniture in the model home are Adler creations. His Talitha Waterfall Console, with a nickel-plated surface that resembles the soft luster of silver leaf, sits below his Electrum Mirror, with its dynamic frame and mix of warm and cool metal finishes. Reflected in the mirror is a colorful portrait of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Exemplifying Adler’s varied influences, the white marble Canaan Pyramid Table Lamp echoes the form of the console, with a stepped design that evokes the shape of an ancient ziggurat.
The living room is a study in the eternal chicness of gold and white: with subtly textured blue wallpaper forming a rich cocoon, the furniture appears to glow in the natural light that streams in from the windows. The stately, midcentury-inspired Reform Credenza sports an organic design in hand-hammered brass and has a richly hued oak casing. Details great and small—from the Scalinatella Cocktail Table and Goldfinger Lounge Chair to the Canaan Accent Table and Maxime Task Floor Lamp—lend a touch of subtle glamour to this atmospheric room, equal parts cozy and couture. The large Gold Sunburst Hand-Knotted Rug and sumptuous blue velvet Claridge Sofa add additional splashes of vibrant color.
Carrying on the modern, postwar vibe in the dining room, the Trocadero Dining Table, with its bold, dark legs splayed at a 45-degree angle, brass accents, and geometric woodgrain top, stands at attention, ready for family and guests. Angles and curves define this dynamic space: the Caracas Six-Light Chandelier takes the form of cones and spheres in dramatic black and white; the white linen Maxime Dining Chairs have a brass crisscross accent at the back, and a cluster of black and white ceramics from the Palm Springs series, animated with stripes and dots, offers a festive and sophisticated touch. The kitchen is where color shines, and the Newport Porcelain Tea Service and Dinnerware Set bursts with cheerful blue and gold hexagons. Colorful macarons displayed on the lacquered brass Eve Two-Tier Serving Piece echo the hues of a grouping of Mykonos canisters, each one emblazoned with Adler’s 3D Greek key pattern in 24-karat gold.
And in the master bedroom and bathroom, subdued shades of blue and gray create a tranquil environment. The Connery King Bed, upholstered in Valhalla Midnight blue velvet, has subtle brass accents, which pick up the metallic glimmer of the black lacquer Peking Nesting Side Tables, sunburst-style Jack Mirror, and Reform Table Lamps (a modern organic cousin of the Reform Credenza). Details like the purple, charcoal gray, and sable brown Siam Silk Pillow, the deep blue Bel Air Scoop Vase, and the pale celadon velvet Ether Chair lend the bedroom a soft and serene atmosphere. Here, color is used as a flavorful accent, and the textures of different materials, from silk and velvet to porcelain and brass, define the landscape. As you relax at the end of an action-packed day, your eyes can move from object to object and surface to surface, finding new details to study and admire. Modern American Glamour, indeed.