In the follow-up to the bestselling American Modern, Aero celebrates 20 years of the famed Aero design studio with an intimate look at its founder Thomas O’Brien’s design philosophy. From O’Brien’s vivid reminiscences about his early days in art school in Manhattan to the opening and development of his paired studio and store, Aero covers the history and aesthetic of this Soho, New York, landmark. Aero is where Thomas O’Brien formulated the “warm modern” look that first brought him to prominence, though his style is truly about finding modern and classic forms in many things: downtown’s industrial and artistic loft culture, the luxurious elegance of the prewar city uptown, and the essential simplicity of American country antiques and rural living. Showcasing never-before-seen images of the store through the years, O’Brien’s first homes, Soho lofts, and Aero’s signature refurbished vintage furniture, this book gives readers access to the archives of a working design studio and store. Aero is a rare, rich portrait filled with unvarnished and charming honesty.
Praise for Aero:
“If I ever win a mega-million lottery jackpot or inherit untold amounts of money from a long-lost relative, interior designer Thomas O’Brien might be one of the first people I will call.” —The Kansas City Star
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas O’Brien is an interior and home furnishings designer based in Manhattan. He is the founder and president of Aero Studios, one of America’s most respected design firms, and the proprietor of Aero, the influential home boutique located in the studio in Soho. He lives in New York City and Long Island.
Praise for Aero: Beginning to Now:
“Tracks the deep personal 20-year evolution of Thomas O’Brien’s soulful and influential Soho boutique.” —Veranda