“I am interested in how to bring things of the past into better design for the time of now.”
Thomas O’Brien is a master of reinvention when it comes to modern style. Known for his ability to blend vintage elegance with streamlined minimalism, O’Brien’s work can be appreciated by fans of all generations of design.
O’Brien’s collection of lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. is one of the company’s most extensive and successful lines.
“One of my favorite areas of design is lighting. I like its mechanical and technical aspects, as a true product of 20th century modern design. Much of what I do falls into the range of functional modern and industrial modern lights; but each season, we also try to present something surprising that is more formal or traditional in feeling.”
His collection produced Circa Lighting’s best-selling fixture of all time: the Bryant Sconce. Our customers love the classic look and versatility of this simple yet refined fixture. The fabulous price point and consistent availability of the Bryant certainly contribute to its popularity as well.
In all of these endeavors, O’Brien is a collector first, who gathers the world of beautiful things that give a life meaning as well as style. A passionate merchant, he founded Aero Ltd., the iconic home boutique that is the retail face of his design firm, Aero Studios.
In addition to his line for Visual Comfort & Co., O’Brien holds product partnerships with Safavieh, Hickory Chair, Reed & Barton, Groundworks, Waterworks, and Target.
To see more from Thomas O’Brien’s lighting collection, visit us at circalighting.com.