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I’ve always looked up to certain interior designers as being among those whose work drew me to this world, and Thomas O’Brien is one of them. So when this set of images came across my desk — thanks to creative director Michael Reynolds — I had to post them. Shot some time ago in O’Brien’s New York apartment, this is the equivalent of a master class in his signature style: a layered, relaxed, collector’s aesthetic mixed with clean, classic American pieces. There’s not a space here that doesn’t feel just right to me.


Looking as American and classic as Clark Kent, Thomas O’Brien’s impact as a designer has extended from providing interiors to creating his own furniture, lighting, rugs and house wares lines, as well as authoring a pair of books on the subject. Let’s take a look at those shots of his apartment and drink up his unique and timeless style:












This outdoor space is calling my name. It’s tough to see clearly in an image this small, so you’ll want to click through to the architect’s site below–plus the entire house is a work of art–but this includes what looks like a full outdoor kitchen. And that vertical fireplace is amazing.

Architecture: Steven Harris Architects.

Via desire to inspire.

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