About Aero Studios
Design laboratory, enterprise central, the studio houses O’Brien’s interiors and architecture practices along
with his product design group.
The heart of Aero is the studio, a master design
office that supports every aspect of O’Brien’s
business. The studio covers three practices:
architecture, interiors, and product design.
These function in an interdisciplinary model,
where crossover and collaboration are the rules
rather than the exceptions among the office’s
many types of projects. In architecture and interiors,
O’Brien’s work is well documented. Residential
commissions range from reconfigured lofts to
formal apartments; historic country houses and
modernist beach homes to new architectural
additions and buildings. Commercial work in
Manhattan includes the downtown Soho hotel
60 Thompson and most recently, master interior
design planning for the large-scale redevelopment
of the Greenwich Village Saint Vincent’s hospital
site, a mixed use complex of restored old and new
residential buildings. The studio is also currently
working extensively in retail design around the
world with all of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. brands
– West Elm, Pottery Barn and its brand extensions,
and Williams-Sonoma itself.
In product development, the studio oversees
Thomas O’Brien’s extensive brand of licensed
home furnishings, his home collection for Target,
and all of the special Aero-made goods for the
store. Behind the scenes, the studio is also a
master storehouse compiled by O’Brien over
many years, containing an amazing library of
vintage furnishings, dishes, books, pottery,
textiles, lighting, and exquisite samples of,
basically, everything designed.
THE STUDIO AT WORK
A vintage image becomes the
source of an interior.
Building collections that
tell a story.
One small design detail sets off
an evolution of products.