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My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living Hardcover – November 8, 2005
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“A joyous celebration of [Adler’s] success and style.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“A refreshing change from traditional home looks. Adler infuses the book with his signature sense of “happy chic” style.” (Orlando Sentinel)
About the Author
Jonathan Adler was born and raised in New Jersey.
Top Customer Reviews
Strangely enough, it turned out to be one of the more entertaining and inspirational things I have read in a very long time.
Jonathan begins his tome by stating: "This book is about how design can change your life." In the proceeding pages, Adler lays out his design philosophies in the wittiest manner imaginable, often using text and color alone to outline his anti-formal aesthetic. An example of this is the section titled My Prescription For Maximalist Merriment. Striking out boldly against the confines and conformity of minimalism, Tip #5 reads:
"Get rid of all your boring, tiresome friends. Make friends with cabaret stars, exotic dancers, and down-on-their-luck royality instead."
The book, in this way, deconstructs design as conformist modality and reconstructs it, Star Trek transporter beam style, in a totally different, purely subjective form altogether. Adler rages, in his whimsical and wacky way, against the the urge to create cold spaces defined by exterior influences. He instead asks, nay begs, the designer-to-be to recharge one's inactive design batteries by channelling the phantasmagorical landscape of the child's mind. His recollection of a Mrs.Read more ›
Jonathan's design ideas are nothing if not innovative. I don't quite know what to call them. Here's a pop-art painting, here's some highly tectured fabric. Colors are bright, walls are white, unless, of course, they're bright red or wood paneling or something else. Put them all together, and you wind up with a suprising look for a house, a restaurant or something else.
My favorite of his prescriptions for anti-depressive living is: 'Obey every command in this book. Or Don't. I want you to do whatever makes you happy."
In short what is different about this book is that the message of the author is not "how to create a good looking space" but one about "how to create a space that f-e-e-l-s good."
Personally, I live with a huge load of STUFF - and this book in nowhere describes how to solve the problem of "storing stuff".
But the book title lives up to its promise - "My Prescription for Anti-Descriptive Living" and I am a satisfied customer.
The added bonus is the generous inclusion of his personal history - I think it is very brave and courageous to share so much of personal stuff here. He shares about his experience at school as a ceramic art student, and how his teacher discouraged him, and how he finally overcame this discouragement, and became a ceramic artist ANYWAY and that his business is doing well. Dunno. I think what I'm trying to say is how much I love the "attitude" that is obvious and contagious from the book.
I think the photograhed interiors are highly eclectic and whimsical, full of humour, wit, and charm.
But do be aware, this is not a book on "pragmatics of interior decorating".
I am glad I did. This is a wonderful book.
Above all, the images are stunning, and the Adler's work is clever, beautiful, and highly inventive.
While a quick read, I laughed out loud on several occasions and how often does that happen while reading a book on interior design? ("We're very nelly, but we are not THAT nelly - page 34.) More importantly, the amusing comments are also, often, brilliant observations and advice. I do not think I have ever read a book on interior design with so much useful advice, and this was a highly unexpected dividend.
While reading the book however, I grew a little uneasy. Adler would have us believe that everything in the book came together oh-so-casually. You know, run off to the local thrift stores, snap up a 1950s sofa, a Hollywood-Regency chair or two, some pop-art bolts of fabric, a Sputnik chandelier, and then toss everything in your 1964 Cadillac convertible, drive home, and effortlessly arrange everything while drinking champagne and listening to the Hi-Fi.
My uneasy feeling developed because I suspect that Adler's work is, in fact, the result of painstaking consideration, a particular skill at ferreting out beauty among the flotsam, and no small amount of rare talent coupled with a unique vision.
PAGE 8/9: The linens have been laboriously ironed. Yes, this is for a photo shoot but SOMEONE had to do the hard work. The upholstered headboard and drapes look beautifully, exquisitely made. The white carpet does not seem to have a spot on it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky styles. Catchy title. "LUCKABILITYProvides validation for home design that's outside the box."Published 11 months ago by Dr Ben
There is nothing I learned by reading this book. Waist of time and money. Not sure what people are raving about.Published on March 15, 2014 by Anamaria R Burghelea
His philosophy is a delight. I enjoy reading about his experiences and his ideas for making your home a happy place.Published on September 5, 2013 by Fredde Bonair
So fun to look at and actually read. Love Jonathan and all his happy chic ways. Every page is a buffet of yummy colors and trinkets for the eyeS!Published on July 3, 2013 by Madeline C. Bosack
If you're looking for a how-to decorating book then this may not be for you! It's an enjoyable read and contains plenty of Jonathan Adler-isms on how to bring a little more perk to... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Taylor Bowen
I've never seen Jonathan Adler on TV, never even heard of him, I just wanted to buy this book. It's a delight. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by JoAnn Turner