Last month when I was at JCPenney’s searching for a bath rug, I was delighted to see that a large portion of the store was under construction for a new collection: “Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler“. I was like whaaaaaaat? If you’re not familiar, Jonathan Adler is one of the most innovative and fun designers of our time. What I really admire about Mr. Adler are the principles behind his work. He is brazen, he is a risk-taker, and he genuinely wants everyone’s lives to be happy and chic.
His passion is with pottery, but his skill and personality have brought him far beyond that into the world of interior design and home furnishings. Pieces bearing his name are considered luxurious and are priced accordingly. You can check out his brand at JonathanAdler.com.
Side note: I discovered a happy coincidence this morning that One King’s Lane is having a Jonathan Adler sale today! Well, supposed to be having. It went live at 11:00 eastern, and immediately crashed their site. That’s how popular this guy is. I will update this with the link to the sale as soon as they are back up! EDIT: Two hours after the crash the site finally seems to be loading! Check it out. 🙂
So what on earth is Jonathan Adler stuff doing in a JCPenney’s, I found myself asking. As excited as I was, that was tempered with the knowledge that whatever they sold there would undoubtedly be less “luxurious” than his original line. Many designers have done this before, partnering with a big store like Kohl’s or Target to make their aesthetic more attainable to the masses. I’m cool with it, so long as it doesn’t dilute their reputation. For those of us who do not live in one of the lucky cities that have a Jonathan Adler store, or for those of us who just straight up can’t afford Jonathan Adler, this is a collection worth checking out.
Earlier this week I remembered the impending Happy Chic collection and dragged my boyfriend into JCP. There it was, a shiny new display full of colorful, quirky housewares. There’s pillows and bookends, playful pottery, mid-century inspired furniture, etc. Of course I was hoping for the moon here, so it didn’t feel quite as luxurious and irreverent as I wanted it to, but there are some great pieces. Below are some of the items that caught my eye.
Ultimately, this isn’t just another department store furniture collection. If you’re working with a moderate budget and you love J. Ad’s brand, it is absolutely worth checking out. Let me know what you think!
one Elizabeth Acrylic Pitcher $28 and Elizabeth Highball Glass $6
two Sahara Ceramic Vase $90
three Bleecker Side Chairs, Pair $690
four Elizabeth Greek Key Lamp $75
five Bleecker 63″ TV Cabinet $1,195