Behind the Design
with Jonathan Adler
With his signature aesthetic of irreverent luxury, Jonathan Adler is a pro at designing things that make people smile. His lighting collection is at once cheeky, retro and luxurious, and one of our customers' favorites.
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Sporting a space-age, mid-century inspired style, the Robert Abbey Ipanema Chandelier (designed by Jonathan Adler) is a highly versatile and sculpturally contemporary piece. Five boom arms are affixed to the central stem, each allowing up-and-down adjustment. At the end of each arm, a secure and sleek band of Polished Nickel-finished metal encircles a round White cased glass shade. The conical handles by which the arms can be raised or lowered become a decorative counterpoint to the spherical shades.
Launch a modern design scheme into orbit with the Jonathan Adler Sputnik Chandelier. At once futuristic and retro, funky and elegant, the space age-inspired Sputnik features numerous metal spokes shooting out from a central metal sphere, each accented by sparkling crystal or a glowing bulb. Available in a warm Antique Brass or glossy Polished Nickel finish.
A Q&A with Jonathan Adler
How did lighting come into your design mix?
I started out as a potter, but I'm a restless designer – the more I make the more I want to make. I believe good lighting not only makes your space looks better, it makes you look better.
Do you have any favorite sources for inspiration/creativity?
I'm fortunate that I live in New York where I’m surrounded by the most creative people, the best restaurants, and the coolest shops. I try to keep my eyes and my mind wide open.
Anything you haven't designed that you’d like to?
I'd love to design a car, inside and out.
What does your own home look like?
It's groovy, it’s graphic, it's exuberant and I love it. It's
filled with my oeuvre but it's constantly changing – my poor long-suffering husband never knows what he's going to come home to.
Do you have a favorite fixture that you’ve designed? (We won’t tell the others.)
This is a real Sophie's choice, but my current fling is with the Ipanema Chandelier. It's fresh and groovy, the arms
create a mod linear shape, and the way that light reflects off the nickel is twinkly and alluring.