American Modern
American Modern
By Thomas O'Brien, and Lisa Light
Photographer Laura Resen
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Price: $55.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11
  • ISBN: 0-8109-8478-4
  • EAN: 9780810984783
  • Page Count: 240
  • Illustrations: 200 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All

Designer and merchant, collector and tastemaker, Thomas O'Brien has made a career of translating cool notions of modernism into an easy and generous array of modern styles that anyone can attain. Now he introduces readers to a range of those styles—from casual to formal, vintage to urban—alongside stunning photography and charming design stories.O'Brien carefully describes the design process of his chosen projects, including a downtown New York City loft, a traditional Connecticut estate, and a converted schoolhouse in eastern Long Island. Each home explores a view on the modern design spectrum he has created, as well as the individual choices that make the design unique and its mix essentially American. He explains not only what was at work to create a given style, but how readers can import those practices to their own homes and personal design sensibilities. Important design principles such as architectural authenticity, color relationships, correctness of scale, and informed collecting are threaded through a practical narrative that reads like a master class in interior design.American Modern is an inspiring design volume that will redefine the way readers think about modern interiors.

About the authors

Thomas O’Brien is an interior and home furnishings designer based in New York City. 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 which is located within that studio setting. O’Brien is widely recognized for his collection of Thomas O’Brien Vintage Modern products for Target, and for his own brand of newly classic home furnishings in partnership with great American companies such as Reed & Barton and Hickory Chair. He lives in Manhattan and Bellport, Long Island.