Colour and Style in store at Jonathan Adler

American designer and hottest name in interiors, Jonathan Adler, recently opened his 2nd store in the UK. I first came to know his work though decorative pottery and ceramic pieces. Quirky objects like half peeled bananas, naive styled lions and rather stylish muse-like ladies appearing on vases. Suddenly menagerie became fashionable and brought to the masses by being stocked at places like John Lewis. Just a few years later, and this American Interiors Hero, opens his first store on Sloane Avenue, and with that, creating a real buzz with everyone in the know, gushing about his fabulous style and flair for fun and colourful design. His latest interiors boutique is situated in trendy Notting Hill, west London. Last week I paid this hot spot a visit to see what’s in store at the moment.

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store

Lover of bold colours, Mr Adler made it ok to add splashes of bold hues throughout the home, start small with colourful accessories. Photo frames and geometric print cushions jazzes up this cream Rutledge sofa. I have always got the feeling that turquoise might be his favourite colour? I’m just guessing here…

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, canisters on turquoise side table

Don’t you also just love the turquoise upholstered Rococo side table? Never one to shy away from fun, these canisters have become a bit of a trademark, and probably one of the most featured pieces. These ones seen above, are the more PG rated ones, the rest of the collection include holders for all your ‘ingredients’ like Gunja, Poppers, Uppers, Dolls, Prozac and more….

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store

Ice-blue velvet adorn this stylish Lampert sofa, complete with bolsters, buttoned back and seat, I have feeling that this sofa could become my soul mate.

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store

The Rider lounge chair takes inspiration from mid-century California style, the turquoise velvet softens the hard metal elements and makes this the perfect occasional chair.

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, gold accessories

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, gold accessories

Jonathan Adler never seem to shine away from injecting a bit of glam with the use of golden highlights. Here he goes full-on gilded with vases, cushions, side tables and metal lighting, all being treated to the Midas touch.

 

Jonathan Adler Mrs Godfrey chair

More gorgeous accessories to fall in love with. Cushions in neutral tones don’t have to be boring, by sporting a classic Greek-key design and a bright trim, they bring a sophisticated fun factor. The Mrs Godfrey armchair in Brighton clay is lovely and will suit most interior schemes.

 

Jonathan Adler vases and animal objects - dogs and lionThese matt white (and black) decorative objects above, were my first introduction to the Jonathan Adler brand.

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, sofa, coffee table, cushions, rug, accessories

Mid-century inspired vases and objects; grey pottery comes to life with focal areas in colourful glaze. With this love of two-tone geometric patterns, this rug and throw are key to his style and brings the pale Malibu sofa to life. I love the Scalinatella coffee table, a white marble top held aloft by super sexy golden curves.

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, sofa, coloured glass bottles

Brand new colourful bottles, delicate and decorative.

 

Jonathan Adler Notting Hill store, sofa, coloured glass bottles

The storefront of Jonathan Adler in Notting Hill, West London.

 

Feature and Photos, Theoda Solms Iles

 

Bluebellgray, feel-good colour in a big way.

In the words of Fi Douglas, owner and founder of Bluebellgray, “It’s all about bringing colour and happiness into your life”. Well I couldn’t agree more or think of another brand that illustrates this more clearly and in such a beautiful way. Fi was a student at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and her passion for colour and flowers inspired her to set up Bluebellgray. Her vibrant oversize water-colour florals come to life on textiles like cushions and fabrics and now ceramic and other interior pieces too.  I love you how you can see the brushstrokes on some designs and the water-colours fading and dissolving.

Fi took some time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions. Oh, and she also lets us in on what her next new project will be, read more below…

Fi Douglas from Bluebellgray

Fi Douglas from Bluebellgray

How would you describe your work to a stranger?

Colourful, uplifting feel good design; a modern take on florals.  It’s really about bringing art onto textiles – the original watercolours are perfectly replicated onto the pieces.

 

Somerset Collection by Bluebellgray

Somerset Collection by Bluebellgray

What inspires you?

Anything and everything.  Inspiration is everywhere you look – from a walk in the park, seeing a great movie, reading a book or even a tree in your garden – for me inspiration is about taking the time to look and appreciating what a beautiful world we live in.  Colour combinations can often be unexpected but spark my creative imagination – they could be anywhere like an incredible blue front door paired with beautiful pot plants that you see on your walk to work to traditional textiles you stumble across in a foreign market.  A little time to switch off is when inspiration comes to me – it can be so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day runnings of the business but it’s important to take that time out and feed the creative part of your mind.

 

Which designers do you admire and why?

Quentin Blake is my all time favourite artist/illustrator – his use of colour and fun style is something I have loved from a really early age.  I really admire Donna Wilson – she has such a unique and happy outlook on design and is really true to her brand and style.  I love the furniture designer Russell Pinch – his designs are just so carefully considered and timeless, real classics of the future.  Jonathan Adler is another favourite for his colourful designs; his happy design ethos really rings true to me and I love his style.

 

Somerset Collection & Anniversary butterfly cushion, by Bluebellgray

Somerset Collection & Anniversary butterfly cushion, by Bluebellgray

How would you describe your signature look, the Bluebellgray look?

It’s all about feel good design and primarily colour.  There’s a natural colour palette that runs through everything I design – I am always drawn to vibrant and fresh colours and believe they can really change a mood.  The design ethos is one of mix and match, taking modern painterly florals and placing them alongside antique treasures and pieces from your travels, layering pattern and layering colour is really key.  Ultimately it’s about filling your home with things you love and make you happy.

 

So far, what has been you career highlight or proudest moment?

Being part of the John Lewis Design Collective has been amazing – to be able to work with such a well respected and iconic store has been a dream and opened so many doors on the Bluebellgray journey.  I have been so delighted to receive gold awards from House Beautiful 2 years running; it really means a lot to me to be recognised by such a fantastic publication.  But ultimately it’s great customer feedback that means the most to me.  Receiving a phone call or email from a happy customer really makes everything worthwhile and is the reason I do this.

 

Mode rug ii, by Bluebellgray

Mode rug ii, by Bluebellgray

From your own designs, what is your favourite piece and why?

The Taransay bedding has a special place in my heart – it really sums up the Bluebellgray style.  I adore large, oversized florals and using a rainbow of colours – it may not be traditional or expected but it really comes from the heart and to be able to share a design I love so much, and for other people to love it too, has been fantastic.

 

Taransay bedding collection by Bluebellgray

Taransay bedding collection by Bluebellgray

I got to know your designs first through cushions and fabrics, and now your have bedding, rugs and ceramics. What will be next?

For the last 18 months we have been working on a new project and I am very excited about Bluebellgray’s first step into the home fragrance market with a range of scented candles and diffusers in beautiful Bluebellgray printed vessels.  It’s been a dream project and seemed like the perfect product to add to the range – it’s going to be full of beautiful florals and amazing scents that have been blended just for us.  I can’t wait for it to launch in the springtime!

 

If you were not a designer, what would you be in your next life? 

A children’s book illustrator – it was what I wanted to do as a little girl… maybe one day!

 

What is your favourite colour?

Anything on the blue spectrum from deep indigos to vibrant turquoise to soft duck egg – I love them all.

 

Chloe & Eleanor Cushions by Bluebellgray

Chloe & Eleanor Cushions by Bluebellgray

 

Images supplied by Bluebellgray

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Ice Cream Bouquet – Friday Flowers

This is what a call a statement vase, the kind of thing that makes you look twice, putting a smile on your face. You can have scoops of fun with these guys! These quirky hand-holding cone vases, aptly named ‘I-Scream Vase’ are by American interiors guru, Jonathan Adler, whose designs always allows for a bit of fun. I came across them earlier in the year and thought I’ll show you in the summer, but these vases have proved so popular that they are no longer available. (PS, you might still find them from here). I thought it might be a nice post to tell you that while you are reading this, I’m probably eating a real ice cream while sunning myself by the sea on my annual summer break. theoda xoxo

Jonathan Adler I-Scream vase

Jonathan Adler I-Scream vase

Photo supplied by Jonathan Adler.