Earlier, I announced that the New York Times has asked five celebrated interior designers (Vicente Wolf, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Laura Kirar, and Thom Filicia) to each curate 10 of their favorite photographs from the NYT Store's new photo archives.
Earlier, I announced that the New York Times has asked five celebrated interior designers (Vicente Wolf, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Laura Kirar, and Thom Filicia) to each curate 10 of their favorite photographs from the NYT Store's new photo archives. The collection, called 50 Photographs, is available for purchase online today. I chatted with the illustrious Jonathan Adler on Friday about his selections and his work as a designer. Check out the interview below!
CasaSugar: So I was able to take a sneak peek at your collection of the New York Times photos, and I see you've chosen mostly photographs of glamorous revelers all wearing masks. What is it about the masquerade theme that you're drawn to?
Jonathan Adler: I just think there's nothing more fun than looking at pictures of glamorous in fancy dress having fun and I think masks are sort of . . . they're all about intrigue, and that's what a picture should be about. A picture should be provoking and intriguing and a little bit titillating.
And then . . . so I chose I think nine mask pictures I believe and then I chose one picture that's particularly grim and sort of an American version of a Martin Parr picture of the New Jersey Turnpike just to remind me of where I came from!
CS: Right! I'm from New Jersey, also. So I very much appreciate that!
JA: Holla! It's a great place to be from because it gave me somewhere to want to crawl my way out of.
CS: Exactly! Well, it worked for you, or at least it seems like it!
JA: Yea — it worked! And that picture is a good reminder.
CS: Do you have any other decorative reminders of your youth and your Jersey boy days in your home?
JA: Millions! Yeah. Well I joke about saying it was somewhere to want to crawl my way out of because it had its idyllic moments. But also I think pictures . . . I love to hang photos over the toilets, and I love the idea of faces staring back at you in your moment of privacy. So that's why I think any of these pictures would look fab hung over the ter-let!
CS: Your work has a major element of humor in it from your playful color choices to your jars that read "uppers" and "downers," and this collection is definitely no exception.
JA: You know, I think design should be gorgeous but a little bit cheeky, and so I think these are perfect pictures. They are formally beautiful pictures that are beautifully printed . . . sort of everything about them is gorgeous but there is definitely an element of levity.
Find out why Jonathan Adler says he feels misunderstood as a designer when you read more!