In such connections and in his love of the local O’Brien is an American designer at heart. He draws from the farmhouse as much as the townhouse, and he is a lifelong student of American vernacular antiques and architecture as a foil for modern generations of design. His mix of the modern and traditional extends to the eponymous Thomas O’Brien brand of home furnishings, with furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, carpets, and bedding and bath collections for both fine and daily living.
As both merchant and designer, O’Brien chooses the old-world model of a design enterprise: keeping a one-of-a-kind store with a curated viewpoint as the anchor to a popular lifestyle brand. This approach allows him to continually create a world unto itself for people to discover, and a laboratory in which to work out the ideas that find their way into his many projects and interiors.