Jonathan Adler says he has a missionary's zeal for great design, and perhaps to that end, the New York-based ceramicist and decorator is coming to Southern California to preach. Adler will appear Nov. 8 at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica and Nov. 9 at Barnes & Noble in Newport Beach to celebrate the launch of two books: "Happy Chic: Colors" and "Happy Chic: Accessorizing."
Adler wrote them simultaneously, a process that he describes as "agonizing but with a great payoff, like childbirth," and says that he'll add to the series in the coming years. The books, $17.95 each, feature many never-before-seen projects, according to the designer.
"There are some great homes, like a glam hedge-fund manager's place, but unlike other books that are purely aspirational, these are more like workbooks that give really hard core, concrete advice on things like how to arrange stuff and how to combine colors," he says. "I break down how to arrange things with the basic principles, from symmetry, asymmetry, repetition. For colors, I give the actual combos that work using Benjamin Moore paint chips."