Designer JONATHAN ADLER opens his travel notebook and shares the INSPIRATION behind his new CLINIQUE make-up collection …
With the release of the new make-up collection by designer Jonathan Adler for Clinique, inspired by his favourite seaside destinations – Palm Beach, Capri and Santorini – we find out his top places to shop, dine and explore while travelling, as well as some other must-note design tips.
What do interior design and make-up have in common?
Good design is like an anti-depressant. It has the power to transform your mood, like a big squishy sofa you plop into. Make-up is an anti-depressant, too. It can literally transform a woman’s day.
Where is the first place you start when designing a room?
The first thing I think about when designing a room is colour. I think the colour should capture the spirit of the inhabitant.
What colours are you loving right now?
Emerald and lavender.
Favourite place to shop?
I’m not a big shopper, actually. But if it’s clothes, it’s Paul Smith or Comme des Garçons.
Your all-time favourite design piece?
My Dora Maar vase. It doesn’t look like it was designed, it looks like it was uncovered.
Describe your design world in three words?
Modern American glamour.
Your home away from home?
My pottery studio. That is really where I work out most of my designs. I started out as a potter, I still think of myself as a potter and my studio feels like a home.
Favourite place to holiday?
Capri is perfect. It’s like lemon sorbet for the soul. When I’m there I love to go hiking.
What country have you always wanted to visit?
I could go back to Japan again and again and never get sick of it.
What role does travel play in your designs?
I live in New York City, and New York is very urban. It can be tough, loud and cold. So in my mind I am always fantasising about vacations. I, like everybody else, want to be at the beach.
Where do you dine in New York?
Il Cantinori; it’s chic and classic.
What is one thing everyone should have in their home?
A chandelier that is bigger than they think they need and more expensive than they think they can afford.
Clinique + Jonathan Adler collection available online now, www.clinique.co.uk; on counters nationwide from August 18.
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