Thomas O'Brien Fabrics
Thomas O’Brien first came to public attention in 1992 when he opened his store Aero Studios in SoHo. Aero Studios, a design store and atelier, was a destination for designers to see what the latest trends and examples of how to decorate. Clients of the studio included David Barton and famous designer Giorgio Armani. A certain glamorous and luxurious “retro-modernism” was described when O’Brien was interviewed for the New York Times.
“Whether it’s antiques or art,” he said, “I’m helping somebody build a collection – and a life.”
Today, Mr. O’Brien’s company practices architecture, interior design and product development. His collections include a line of bathroom fittings and hardware for Waterworks, furniture for Hickory Chair, and since 2005, a homeware line called Vintage Modern for Target. Most importantly, in our opinion is his latest line of fabrics for Lee Jofa. Brilliant chenille and linens compile only some of the fabrics in his extensive collection.
Describing Mr. O’Brien’s style, which is a muted, soft palette with luxurious materials, James Danziger, a gallerist and client, said: “If you drew a line between Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label and Giorgio Armani you would get Thomas O’Brien, because he mixes luxe and comfort with a modern palette. He also loves to incorporate well-used and well-loved objects that are not necessarily important antiques into his designs.”