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

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

  2. 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)