Modern, Warm, Livable – Thomas O’Brien

As a lover of architecture, I’m always as interested in the home’s history as I am by the interiors. Today I will have the privilege of meeting – Thomas O’Brien, designer and founder and President of Aero Studios in New York City. O’Brien’s passion to return to the past in his design process is inspiring. He has an incredible eye for the smallest of details that can guide a design within a project or an entire product collection. I love his focus on rarity, function, balance of modern and the warmth found in tradition…becoming one of my favorites I always look to his collections to add rarity and form in my projects.


Amazing detail nodding to the past is his Calliope Solitaire – inspired by Donald Deskey’s 1940s set of forged fireplace tools he birthed an entire collection from lighting to furnishings.


Calliope Solitaire – Inspiration

What bloomed from an idea…



Here is the first of my two favorite homes O’Brien designed…Litchfield




The second is The Academy – O’Brien’s personal home on Long Island. It was built in 1833 as a boy’s academy…eventually it was transformed into a residence.


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To learn more about Thomas O’Brien visit or visit one of his stores in New York City – Broome Street or Spring Street

You can also find his products at WaterWorks, Hickory Chair, and Visual Comfort Lighting

(Photo Credits: Thomas O’Brien website)