Exclusive sneak peek: Jonathan Adler’s new Formica laminate collection — see the 9 designs

formica-new-retro-laminatesSneak-PeekBreaking 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.

Lacquered Linen:

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.

Greek Key:

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:

official pricing


We presume these will be available after official launch Jan. 21.

Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler, photo by Maura McEvoy

More information:

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:

four new colors for sinks from kohler and jonathan adlerAbove: Jonathan Adler worked with Kohler in 2012 to introduce several sink colors. I am not sure if these are still available.

Jonathan Adler orange wall sconcehavanna wall sconce Jonathan AdlerJonathan Adler Parker wall sconce

Above: Jonathan Adler has some very pretty lighting in his collection for Lamps Plus. This is a pretty big collection — still available.

Jonathan-Adler-dog-lampAbove: And there was a Jonathan Adler Happy Chic collection for JC Penney in 2013. Not sure of the status of this collection either.


  1. Josie says:

    I don’t mind the green linen. Would look great with pale yellow cabinets, and a nice green braided rug on the floor. Could even work as a new top on a chrome dinette set.

    The blue Greek key-ish one I could see working with a room with bright white floors, bright white cabinets, and accents Bitossi and Willow china? Am I high? I think it could be cute with Chinoiserie in general. Palm Beach?

    But I’m not usually huge on avocado *or* blue. Is it my imagination that I remember Adler being into pink? I would love a pale opalescent/glittery/cracked ice pastel Formica. There’s options for tiny mosaics in glass tile in various lovely cupcake shades of pink and jade and lilac, but no pastel Formica for them.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Yes, a pale opalescent/glittery/cracked ice pastel would be so lovely. How about in a lollipop array of color. Sigh.

  2. ineffablespace says:

    I like these but imo Adler has gotten really derivative–not just the laminate, his whole oeuvre. It’s nearly all a version of something that’s already been done. I would rather see good old Formica Irish Linen in a couple new, a couple old, colorways.

    1. pam kueber says:

      I agree re just give us the original Irish Linen. TOTALLY

      They had it up to a few years ago. In Canada

  3. Kristy says:

    I love the Lacquered Linen Formica! I had been considering the Pionite Linen but I think they are a tad to muted. I like the more bold design on this Formica and the colors! Wish there was a turquoise in there but the green has me rethinking my kitchen plans. Love it!

  4. Joe Felice says:

    I love it when folks are not afraid to use color–the more, the better. Good on Formica for bringing these designs & colors to life. I still wish an appliance manufacturer would get with it and produce appliances in bold colors, like turquoise, canary yell, and–yes–mamie pink. The world is ready for it.

  5. Caroline says:

    Always great to have more laminate options – I do like the colors chosen for the Orange Greek Key – even if the pattern isn;t my all time favorite (read: BOOMERANG!!).

    And the Kohler sinks are unfortunately no longer available 🙁 They seem to have had a very short window of availability – 1 season, I think. I’ve been looking for one in the Aqua color for over 2 years with no luck – have tried all sorts of resources & nothing, yet…… The green seems to pop-up on ebay every once & a while, but no aqua…..and I haven;t found another sink I like as well, either, so fingers still crossed that I’ll run across one

        1. Ashly says:

          I don’t know if it is *truly* still in stock, but I’ve had it bookmarked for a while now and it’s still there, so maybe Lowes has a few in a magical warehouse somewhere!

  6. Amy says:

    Yes – I dig avocado & orange ‘cuz I’m In a sensational ’60’s house! I already looked at 2 of JA’s lamps pictured, too!

  7. Janet says:

    I’d be inclined to buy up some of this stuff (and hoard it) before it goes the way of the “new” coral and aqua boomerang laminate.

  8. Blair says:

    Can we start a Kickstarter for sparkle laminate? I mean if that potato salad kid can do it, can’t we? Sparkle for Everyone!

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