Thomas O’Brien is a New York City based interior and home furnishings designer and the founder and President of Aero Studios, a leading American design firm. Thomas O’Brien is also the proprietor of Aero Ltd. the “iconic home boutique that is the retail face of the studio.”
He describes his approach as distinctly American. “You see it in the mix of things I put together—light and dark, fine and easy, masculine and feminine, modern and traditional,” he says. “I’m always balancing these ideas.”
The evolution of the various aesthetic threads O’Brien weaves into his timeless yet of-the-moment residential interiors as well as into his beloved SoHo shop, Aero, is chronicled in the new book Aero: Beginning to Now (Abrams).
The design maestro, who has created furnishings for Hickory Chair, Lee Jofa, Safavieh, and Target, among others, is currently applying his brand of unpretentious luxury to the interiors at the Greenwich Lane, a residential complex in downtown Manhattan that, in true Aero spirit, melds both classic and contemporary buildings.
His newest book, Aero: Beginning to Now, is a follow-up to the bestseller coffee table book American Modern. The book, both eloquently and casually, tells the story of Thomas O’Brien, the Aero Studio, and Aero store. It explores his days at a Manhattan art school to the planning of his studio and his store which has become a Soho, New York landmark for both its historical significance and beautiful design.
Thomas O’Brien has been recognized for giving modernism a warm and livable style. His work can be seen in private homes, companies, product design, brand and fine arts consulting.
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