Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler describes how good design affects mood.

on Feb 21, 2007




I don't know about you, but when I walk into a room I want to feel a rush of pleasure. I want Interior Design (or decoration, I couldn't care less what you want to call it) to have a positive effect on my mood.

Now, every room doesn't need to look like a shrill DeeLite video -- that's not what I mean by happy design. Whether it's traditional or avant-garde, your pad should be optimistic and uplifting.

That's what my book, "My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living" was all about and that's what this episode of Top Design hinged on. The winning design -- happy, colorful, hedonistic. The loser -- depressing.


Mad talent was in effect on this episode. There were gorgeous moments and lots of interesting concepts. Matt, as always, designed a confident room with some nifty touches. He's a wise fellow -- he always starts with symmetry which helps make sense of chaos. Then he layers in some flavor and adds little visual pings in just the right spots. J'adored that siamese twin lamp thing he concocted and he really listened to his client's Armani Casa edict. The room felt serene and chic.