Jonathan Adler escapes to the idyllic island that’s become his go-to getaway.
By Michelle F. Solomon
If you’ve visited Capri a thousand times, in-demand designer, potter, and author Jonathan Adler will make you see the Italian island in a whole different way. “Whenever I think about travelling anywhere else on vacation, I always think, ‘I could be in Italy. And if I could be in Italy, I could be in Capri.’ “ The island, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is idyllic, and the allure that draws Adler to it annually is what he says is a “1960s jet-set spirit that’s alive in all of its colorful glamour.” With abodes in Manhattan, Shelter Island in the Hamptons, and Palm Beach, Adler says Capri is a can’t-miss “annual sojourn” for him and husband, Simon Doonan — creative ambassador-at-large for Barney’s.
On their most recent trip, the couple was joined by fashion designer Trina Turk and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow. The five-star Hotel La Scalinatella provided the home base for the crew. “There’s nothing like a sundrenched hike (Adler calls the hiking in Capri ‘rad’), followed by a dive in the Scalinatella’s chilled pool. It’s so refreshing — it’s like cold lemonade for your soul.” In fact, Adler created a range of furniture — coffee and dining tables — called Scalinatella, crafted from brass with marble tops.
He’s not sure why he picked Capri when queried about how he chose the Naples coastal town as a recurring travel destination. “I can’t remember — maybe Capri chose me.”
Adler also suggests nature holidays. “The older I get, the less I want to go to cities.” Tokyo, he says, is the exception because of its “futuristic magic.” He also suggests the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur and the Amangiri in Utah.
So when packing up to jet off to the jetsetter’s hideaway or anywhere else, what are Adler’s must-have’s?