A ceramist by training, Erin Adams’ design career has spanned three decades. She has created work for Ann Sacks and New Ravenna to name just a few of the firms that have worked with her, not to mention received and been nominated multiple awards. Her newest venture is a curated lifestyle brand, House Fifty Two, where she’s bringing the work of talented artists and designers together. The pieces range from housewares to tile, wallpaper and furnishings. With such a tremendous design résumé, we wanted to get her take on the state of the profession. We’re delighted to share her thoughts on her inspiration and her favorites—and she reveals her fascination with fake food.
What direction do you see the profession heading?
More color, more handmade and more organic!
What buildings/spaces inspire you?
Uncluttered, Modernist spaces with clean lines. Open, inside and outside living!
What are your three favorite objects?
Any work by my husband, Mike Corney, who is a ceramic artist with such clever, off the wall ideas. My collection of fake food, which includes my crocheted hamburger. And my “jump from paper” backpack.
Who are some of your favorite young architects/designers?
I scout Etsy for general trends and to see what young crafts kids are creating. I generally research older designers and cultural, worldly trends more than speciﬁc designers.
If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or speciﬁc structure)?
I would live in my suitcase traveling the world, visiting third world factories, but always come home to my Modernist house in Leucadia, California, with a plot of land and my husband’s chickens.
A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?
Oak, and Tuscan grande homes. McMansions. Cheap glass mosaics that are cluttered and not well crafted.
What currents trends will stand the test of time?
Anything born from the heart and not copied from another. Objects and design that are simple yet well crafted.
Color—yes or no?
Absolutely, but as with everything, in moderation!
Do you collect? If so, what and why?
I used to more than I do now. I live more simplly and less cluttered. I would much rather be creating than consuming. If I was going to collect anything, it would be more fake food.
What are you reading?
I read a lot of spiritual books and listen to a lot of podcasts on creativity and truth seeking.
What are you wearing?
I wear clothes that can look cool when out, but can also stand to get trashed at the studio. Probably five days out of the week, I am in my jeans and my favorite Rag & Bone jean shirt. I dress for comfort. I also always wear a take on men’s oxford shoes. I have about six pair all in different colors.
What are you eating?
Yogurt in the AM, almond butter and rice cakes at the studio for lunch, a hit of dark chocolate in the afternoon and something grilled at night, and always a bottle of hot sauce by my side. Also, my kids and I are ramen, udon and Pho addicts, always searching for the best Asian soup in town.
Do you listen to music while you’re working?
Most of the time. YES!
Are you a sketcher or a computer person?
I am a computer person more than a sketcher, but ideas get stuck in my head until I am able to get them out. I am an ideas person, big picture thinking. Once they materialize, I am done with it and on to the next. I have lately realized I am an ATM of ideas. A constant ﬂow runs through my head at all times.
Social media—yes or no?
I wish more, but I would rather just create and have other people take care of the distribution, marketing and outreach. I am more likely to go to my computer and research inspiration than reach out to ﬁnd followers. I believe if I put it out there, they will come.