JA: After I graduated from college, I found that I was unemployable and got fired from, like, 10 jobs in a row. Meanwhile, I’d been making pots and had received my first order, and it grew from there. My career was accidental, but fated at the same time.
S@H: In what ways has your design philosophy evolved?
JA: I don’t think it has. I’ve always strived to create unimpeachably chic design that has an element of friendliness and levity. I’ve always wanted to make things that someone’s heirs would fight over. So philosophically, I’ve stayed very true to who I am – I’ve just been really lucky to have made more and more stuff.
S@H: One of our favourite Jonathan Adler quotes is, “People who are afraid of colour are afraid of life.” What colours are you loving right now?
JA: Turquoise forever and orange always. The surprise colour for me this year – the one that I’m mad about – is grey. I love pairing strong colours with a sombre base shade. I’d been using chocolate brown for years, but now I’ve switched to Team Grey.
S@H: What decor item are you coveting this year?
JA: Ooh, I saw this unbelievable bronze table in a gallery in Saint-Germain in Paris and I’m desperate for it. So if your readers want to donate $50,000 for my table fund… or if you want to do a telethon….