“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.

A space designed by O'Brien, featuring the Hammond Column Lamp

A space designed by O’Brien, featuring the Hammond Column Lamp

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.”

 Large Farlane Chandelier in Polished Nickel | O'Brien's sketch of the fixture

Large Farlane Chandelier in Polished Nickel | O’Brien’s sketch of the fixture

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.

The Bryant Sconce is available in Polished Nickel, Antique Brass, Bronze, and Antique Nickel

The Bryant Sconce is available in Polished Nickel, Antique Brass, Bronze, and Antique Nickel

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.

A display inside Aero Ltd., O'Brien's home boutique

A display inside Aero Ltd., O’Brien’s home boutique

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


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One of the best ways to experience our unparalleled collection of lighting is to visit any of our beautifully designed retail showrooms.  Of course, we realize that not all of our customers are within range of one of our showrooms, and we have done our best to extend our unique showroom experience through Google tours.

You can now take a 360 degree tour of our showrooms in Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, and Savannah, available on our Google+ page.

Atlanta Showroom

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Charleston Showroom

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Chicago Showroom

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Extra Large Hicks Pendant | Mill Ceiling Light | Tilden Flush Mount | Jacqueline Flush Mount | Camille Long Sconce | Lynn Wall Light | Moon Glow Table Lamp | Fang Gourd Lamp | Cameron Table Lamp | Morton Table Lamp

Napa Valley natives Robert Jr. and Lydia Mondavi combine wine country’s casual elegance with coastal charm in their new Beaufort, SC retreat. We were thrilled to be a partner on this project and design a lighting scheme fitting of the couple’s stunning beach home.

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The home, designed by Reu Architects, sits on the banks of Port Royal Sound and overlooks Parris Island. Multi-level screened porches at the rear exterior allow the couple to take full advantage of their picturesque waterfront view.


The dazzling front exterior is peppered with Suffork Lanterns of various sizes. A Darlana Medium Lantern hangs in the foyer, with Small Chelsea Reflection Sconces on either side of a painting from Rhett Gallery in Beaufort.


The kitchen and casual dining room embrace natural light with unadorned windows and an airy color scheme. A set of custom Pimlico Double Swing Arm Wall Lamps provides additional light to the counter tops, and a Large Flemish Linear Pendant hangs above the bench-style dining table.

Plush linen couches and eye-catching prints create an inviting atmosphere in the living room. The vintage oak finish of the Roark 50″ Modular Ring Chandelier was a natural choice for the couple, who floored their home entirely with reclaimed wood from decommissioned wine barrels. A stylish Tripod Floor Lamp and patterned stone Stockard Table Lamp balance the room with ease.


The simple and spacious master bedroom features the Large Dexter Chandelier, the alabaster Yumeko Table Lamp at the bedside, and the Parish Floor Lamp.


The Spherical Cube Pendant adds elegance to the master bathroom, which also features a trio of Easterly Sconces over his & hers sinks.

The bedroom designed for Rob & Lydia’s son, Robert III, features the Bryant LanternThe Pixie Desk Lamp, and the Dauphine Table Lamp to accent its nautical theme. Downward-facing Graydon Bath Lights flank the mirror in the child’s bathroom.

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In one guest bath, a simple Vendome Double Sconce lights the mirror. A pair of Anita Table Lamps embellish either side of the brightly patterned bedspread.

The Mondavi home would not be complete without a wet bar and state-of-the-art wine gallery. The bar’s backsplash is made of reclaimed wood from Mondavi Reserve barrells, and is lit by a Symbolic Fragment Wall Sconce in bronze. A Cranbrook Lantern hangs in the pantry of the gallery, which displays and preserves a selection of the Mondavi family’s ever-growing collection of wines.

For more information on the Mondavi home,  visit

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Darlana Medium Lantern | Mill Ceiling Light | Jacqueline Flush Mount | Tilden Flush Mount | Basil Small Flush Mount | Ruhlmann Sconce | Cameron Table Lamp | Morton Table Lamp | Delphine Table Lamp | Camille Long Sconce

Adrianna Large Chandelier

Crystal chandeliers have been enchanting us for centuries.  Dating back to medieval times, long before electricity, chandeliers were fitted with candles  and hung from the ceiling to illuminate a room.  Chandeliers were most commonly found in castles and used to signify fortune and rank.  Around the 17th century, advancements in glass making brought down the cost of glass and lead crystal, leading to new models of chandeliers using this glass.  The refractive surface of the hand-cut and polished glass maximized the candle light  and helped to create a beautiful focal point for the room.


Sanger Chandelier

Although crystal chandeliers are most often associated with elegant, luxe interiors, the use of crystal in lighting has evolved to include many designs that compliment any style decor.

Daniela Medium Two-Light Sconce 

 Westport Table Lamp

Whether your space is lavish or casual, fall in love with the sparkle of our crystal chandeliers, table lamps, and sconces.  Check out our current hot list for crystal styles that are in stock and available to ship now!

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Renwick Crystal Sphere Pendant | Darlana Medium Lantern | Rosehill Semi-Flush | Bryant Small Chandelier | Small Arch Top Lantern | Gale Library Wall Light | Culloden Table Lamp | Cameron Table Lamp | Marine Wall Light | Clarkson Double Sconce

“Living beautifully should be effortless.”  — Aerin Lauder

Aerin Lauder, founder of global luxury lifestyle brand, AERIN, has a family legacy of stylish living.  As the granddaughter of beauty icon, Estee Lauder, Aerin was inspired by Estee’s brilliant business savvy, sense of style, and passion for family equal to her love of beauty.  Aerin started out at Estee Lauder in summer jobs, and after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications in 1992, Aerin began her career at Estee Lauder full-time.  She worked her way up through the company before holding various executive roles including Senior Vice President and Creative Director.  She maintains her role as Style and Image Director for Estee Lauder.

Heather Ceiling Light | Bleeker Table Lamp | Mill Ceiling Light | Warren Table Lamp | Clemente Table Lamp

Although cosmetics and beauty are a major part of her heritage, Aerin’s real passion is accessories and home.  Her lifestyle brand, launched in 2012, is based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless.  The brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion accessories, and home décor.

 Renwick Crystal Sphere Pendant | Mini Warren Table Lamp | Culloden Table Lamp

AERIN has developed partnerships with E.J Victor (furniture), Lee Jofa (fabric and rugs), and Visual Comfort (lighting) to create a brand with a broad range and components that have been designed to relate harmoniously.

With a passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, Aerin’s own lifestyle serves as a focal point of inspiration for the brand.


Vestry Chandelier | Irving Wall Washer | Sanger Chandelier

Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Click here to see our full AERIN lighting collection.

Sources:  Architectural Digest‘s World of Aerin
Forbe’s Aerin Lauder on Building Her Brand and Stylish Decorating


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Country Industrial Pendant with Metal Shade | Tilden Flush Mount | Pimlico Double Swing Arm Wall Lamp | Jacqueline Flush Mount | Openwork Single Wall Sconce | Oxford Medium Linear Wall Light | Cloris Table Lamp | Clarkson Floor Lamp | Morton Table Lamp | Culloden Table Lamp

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