Grand Tour

Posted on Tue, 25 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo

Call it serendipity but just as I’m ready to write today’s post I receive an email from Jonathan Adler’s PR Director Deb Willis letting us in on Jonathan’s latest addition to his website, his monthly musings. This month he waxes lyrical on his Neo-Neo-Classicism range and mentions the Grand Tour. Grand tour! Here’s the serendipity….

Today’s post is an OMG gobstopper. Look at this outrageous one bedroom (yes one bedroom!) London apartment. Well-to-do young men of the 18th and 19th century travelled Europe improving their classical education and bringing home a few well chosen (dare I say pilfered) souvenirs. Think Elgin Marbles. What I’d really like to know is if this is the owner’s collection or if they inherited it from their Europe trotting ancestor? My goodness I hope they have a cleaning lady! Although I could not live like this I secretly envy them this amazing collection and the passion needed to live with it. Perhaps I’ll take just a soupรงon of Jonathan Adler’s pieces instead!

i must admit…i love it. wouldn’t want to have to be the one to dust everything but what a fantastic collection.

Peekaboo says:


drey says:

wow it’s certainly a gobstopper Jo! It’s such a well put together piece of art, that whole apartment. but certainly not for me ๐Ÿ˜› too many breakables!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

While I can appreciate each piece on an individual basis, all that stuff in once space gives me a headache.

I’d like to tour through the apartment just to see each piece individually, and to experience it as a whole… but I think I’d feel like I was being stared at. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this commitment though!

Yoli says:

Though beautiful I have to agree with hairyweisenheimmer, it is too much for one space. Too much to competer for your attention in my opinion. Together like this, it just looks like a junk room for horders.

Anonymous says:


This gave me a flashback to my visit to the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Take a look at

I dare you to tell me that Jonathan Adler hasn’t been inspired by this home!



beth says:

I think this is Peter Hone’s flat from ‘London Interiors’. It’s changed a little since that book came out, but is essentially the same ๐Ÿ™‚

Chaotically gorgeous!

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