Breaking news and first on the interwebs, yay: We discovered today that the new Formica® Laminate Jonathan Adler Collection — nine designs in all — was posted on the Formica website in advance of its official introduction scheduled for Jan. 21 at KBIS. AFTERNOON UPDATE: But whoopsydoodle, Formica published the page accidentally, and it was immediately taken down. So, you had like a one hour window to see all the goods. Didja? Meanwhile, because we were cautious about using images from the website that we … guessed … were not supposed to be live yet … Formica’s PR rep sent us some super special sneak-peek images. We are told this is on the only place on the web where you can see all the designs — woot! Brenda Starr reporting. 🙂
Jonathan Adler designed three patterns — in nine colorways — for Formica
Note: For this special sneak peak we only have the thumbnails, above.
There are four colorways for Lacquered Linen, the most “useful” of all the designs. Colors are Crème Lacquered Linen, Green Lacquered Linen, Orange Lacquered Linen and Charcoal Lacquered Linen. Likely, they’ll sell a lot of those Creme and Charcoals, but you know us: We are digging that burnt orange and rich avocado big time. Funky and rich retro classiques.
- Note, other companies have introduced linen-pattern laminates over the past few years. See all our laminate research in our Kitchen / Countertops category here.
Greek keys are a signature Adler motif. While we’re not big fans of the pattern — too contemporary for us — we do appreciate the relatively small scale. Colors are Orange Greek Key, Blue Greek Key and Charcoal Greek Key.
And, among all the three new Jonathan Adler designs for Formica we also like that he created (1) tone-on-tone prints and (2) made them multi-directional. That is, the pattern runs both horizontally and vertically in the same measure. Faux butcher block notwithstanding, this is what we like to see in a patterned laminate: Tone-on-tone, multi-directional prints — abstract, ideally, because laminate is a man-made material, it does not need to pretend to be something else.
Okay so maybe these aren’t tone-on-tone, well, not in namby pamby way. We like ’em. Cuz we like krazy. Colors are Blue Malachite and Charcoal Malachite.
Nicely done, Formica and Jonathan Adler! In particular, we appreciate the COLOR.
Pricing and where to buy:
Formica PR says this will be available to order and purchase at Big Box stores. The designs are rotagravure-printed — this is the method used for mass production. Which means, I will speculate, that these design will be available at a typical retail price — around $100 or less per sheet, similar to other production laminates. If I’m right, that’s great news. Officially, here is Formica’s estimate of retail pricing, installed:
We presume these will be available after official launch Jan. 21.
Official launch is not until Jan. 21. Here is info from Formica’s October news release:
Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, has partnered with iconic potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler to create nine bold new designs exclusively for Formica’s 2015 Residential Line. The new laminate patterns will be unveiled at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas in January 2015.
The collection will include many of Jonathan’s signature patterns in an array of hues ranging from subtle to bold. Perfect for countertops, accent walls, cabinets and more, each style will reflect Jonathan’s spirit of iirreverent luxury and represents a bold update of a classic material.
“This collection of new designs embodies Jonathan Adler’s design philosophy and we think it will inspire our customers to think differently about their environment in both look and function,” said Amy Gath, vice president of marketing at Formica Corporation. “We anticipate that young homeowners especially will be attracted to these sophisticated yet modern new designs as they look to add a truly unique and personal touch to their space.”
“Formica® Brand laminates are iconic and it has been a dream to include some of my favorite patterns, colors and motifs in the collection. The uses for laminate are limitless; I can’t wait to use the styles from my collection in my stores and design projects-I want to laminate everything in my life with the new line,” said Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler is an internationally recognized design and lifestyle brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, fashion accessories and more. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. Jonathan Adler brings style, craft and joy to your home. To learn more about Jonathan Adler, visit WWW.JONATHANADLER.COM
About Formica Corporation
Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit www.formica.com or call 1-800-FORMICA™.
About Formica Group
Formica Group globally leads the industry in the design, manufacture and distribution of surfacing materials. Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Formica (Asia) Ltd., among others.
More Jonathan Adler:
Above: Jonathan Adler worked with Kohler in 2012 to introduce several sink colors. I am not sure if these are still available.
Above: Jonathan Adler has some very pretty lighting in his collection for Lamps Plus. This is a pretty big collection — still available.
Above: And there was a Jonathan Adler Happy Chic collection for JC Penney in 2013. Not sure of the status of this collection either.