ASID Holiday Party at Jonathan Adler Boutique on Madison
Last night, the Metro branch of the American Society of Interior Designers hosted their annual holiday party. It was a soiree attended by many of ASID’s premier members and their following of fabulous designers.
The highlight of the evening was the venue itself: Jonathan Adler’s namesake boutique on Madison. An iconic potter, designer, author, and personality, Adler’s work is as eclectic as his background. His signature ceramic pieces were on hand, displaying a kitsch collection of animal ornaments just in time for the holidays.
Tribal prints and textiles were featured all around, with bright, surprising designs on blankets, duvets, pillow covers and table accents.
Sadly, his collection was the only bit of Adler guests saw during the event, as the man himself was not on hand.
But the boutique was crowded nonetheless with distinguished designers including Maggie Cohen and Alma Nugent, Robert Upton from Benjamin Moore Paints, as well as a number of ASID’s officers.
Representing more than 30,000 members, ASID is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. The association has 48 chapters across the nation, and more than 450 international members. Building on that solid presence, ASID works to establish a common identity for professionals and businesses in the field.
ASID President Jacqueline Hosford was the evening’s gracious host, and used the evening to introduce president-elect, Susan Anthony. Taking a break from her official duties, Hosford, expressed her love of rugs.
An interior designer whose background is in construction, she admitted to oftentimes buying a rug first, then designing the room around it. A woman after our own hearts, as Nazmiyal’s Omri Schwartz says, “That’s the way it should be.”
Who is Jonathan Adler?
Jonathan Adler is an American potter, designer, and entrepreneur known for his distinctive and playful approach to interior design and home decor. He was born on August 11, 1966, in New Jersey, United States.
Adler studied semiotics and art history at Brown University before pursuing a career in the design industry. He started his career as a production potter and quickly gained attention for his unique and whimsical ceramic creations. His signature style often involves bold colors, geometric patterns, and a mix of modern and vintage aesthetics.
In 1993, Jonathan Adler launched his own eponymous brand, “Jonathan Adler,” which offers a wide range of home furnishings, accessories, and decor items. His design philosophy revolves around the idea of “happy chic,” where he aims to bring joy, optimism, and a sense of humor to the world of design.
Over the years, Adler’s brand has expanded to include furniture, lighting, textiles, rugs, and decorative accessories. His work is characterized by a blend of modern and traditional elements, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and high-quality materials.
Jonathan Adler has also gained recognition for his appearances on various television shows, including “Top Design” and “Million Dollar Decorators.” He has authored several books on design and home decor, sharing his insights and design tips with a broader audience.
Today, Jonathan Adler’s brand has a global presence with numerous retail stores and a strong online presence. He continues to be a prominent figure in the design world, inspiring people to embrace creativity, color, and individuality in their living spaces.
What Is ASID?
ASID stands for the American Society of Interior Designers. It is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the interior design industry in the United States. ASID serves as a community and resource hub for interior designers, students, educators, and industry professionals.
Founded in 1975, ASID is one of the largest and most influential interior design organizations in the country. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and operates through chapters across the United States. The society provides its members with various benefits and resources, including networking opportunities, educational programs, industry insights, and access to the latest trends and innovations in interior design.
ASID members are required to meet specific criteria for education, experience, and professionalism, ensuring a high standard of competence within the organization. The society also advocates for the profession of interior design, working to promote the value of design and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives and the built environment.
The American Society of Interior Designers plays a vital role in shaping the interior design profession, providing support to its members, and advocating for the recognition and importance of design in various sectors, including residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and more.