AJC Design specializes in hospitality design, residential and multi-family design projects for clients anywhere in the world. Creativity is Everything!™ is the mantra that has fueled AJC Design’s work since its inception in 2007. A vivid, unhindered imagination is at the core of every one of our compelling projects, no two which are the same. That’s why our company logo depicts a hardy walnut shell. While one half references our own passion for dreaming up one-of-a-kind designs and our dedication to making them a reality, the other is an ode to our clients, whose ideas and visions are just as integral to the design process. Built on communication, this mutual, respectful relationship is the foundation for all of AJC Design’s intricate, timeless interiors. We are energetic and honest and keep our clients well informed, involved, and comfortable, learning and laughing along the way.
Creativity is Everything!™ is integrated into all of our studio capabilities and embedded in our signature design process. Our work is customized for each project and client’s needs, so that no two projects are the same, and every project reflects creativity, imagination and original thinking.
Each client relationship starts with generating a creative vision for the project through concept design, which builds the foundation for the rest of the project. We continue our creative journey through schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration, where the project is actualized.
Creativity is Everything!™ means being able to see possibilities no one else can see, to create what nobody else has created, at a budget that works for your needs first. We infuse Creativity is Everything!™ to transform empirical knowledge into sketches, renderings, construction documents, and custom FF&E designs that reflect our client’s vision, goals, and brand, as well as the social / historical context of the project’s physical location.
Alicia Cannon, founder and principal of New York-based AJC Design, flaunts a signature style that melds dramatic, pop-inspired pieces with tailored, classic settings, fostered by her collaborations with the likes of luxury brands and urban artists.
Cannon’s vast expertise spans full-service and luxury hotels, inviting private residences, and vibrant workplaces. Consider the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, awash in coastal Connecticut charm; the Lanes, a multi-use, ground-up Long Island City residential building capped with a rooftop terrace; or the Long Island headquarters of the brand-new Opal Wealth Advisors
In 2015 Cannon was named one of Hospitality Design’s Wave of the Future honourees, the same year that she won a Stevie Award Bronze, attesting to how she infuses each of her projects with both professionalism and ingenuity, her top priority always capturing and nurturing a client’s vision. That’s why the Woman Business Enterprise-certified designer loves spending ample time getting to know every single one of them personally and embarks on a true partnership to unite functionality and rich, aesthetic details.
Recent AJC Design work includes the Sheraton Mahwah in New Jersey, which draws on the hotel’s past as the former Ford Motor headquarters; the Sheraton Wilmington South hotel, complete with soaring atrium; the lobby at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio that calls to mind the Spanish Colonial era; and a design competition culminating in two guestroom schemes for the Bellagio in Las Vegas that telegraph the Italian village of Bellagio in Lake Como. AJC Design has also completed the Thayer Hotel in West Point, New York, Hotel Indigo in downtown Brooklyn, and the Westport Inn in Connecticut, and is currently working on the Renaissance New York Harlem Hotel, slated to open in 2020, as well as the Thayer Resort and Spa scheduled for 2022.
Cannon is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, where she cultivated her childhood passion for transforming humdrum interior spaces into enduring, matchless designs.
Summer travel season is in full swing and if you’re like me, chances are you’ve picked La Guardia or John F. Kennedy as your point of departure. (Sorry Jersey, you couldn’t pay me to fly out of Newark!) The good news is that all New York area airports have been recently undergoing extensive, multi-billion dollar renovations. While there are a few amenities I’d still like to see, here’s what caught my attention.
What’s Good at NY’s Airports
Business Lounges – One of my favorite benefits to being an Amex Platinum Cardholder is the access to airport business lounges. They are not just places to get a bite to eat, finish up emails or take a call. In some locations, you can get a massage or a manicure. Anything to not be tempted to buy another design magazine or a package of nuts that end up in the bottom of my bag!
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – There’s a reason why soft-baked pretzels make the best airport snack. They’re quick, not too expensive, and hit the taste buds at all the right places. They also remind me of my trips to the mall as a teenager!
Fresh Art – Art exhibits have long been part of New York’s airport scene. Luckily, La Guardia has upped its art game. When I’m able to take a brief stop and admire what’s on display, I it helps me more easily notice local art more when I arrive at my destination. (Note: Some of the art is really bad but the new water installation is way better than what was there)
Shopping – Need to refresh your workout wardrobe? Forget your night serum? The Bowery Bay Shops in La Guardia’s Terminal B are a slice of New York retail heaven. Not only do they carry commonly found NY brands but there are also original NY eateries to make sure that you won’t miss the taste of New York too much.
Cool Hotels – If you’re at JFK with a long layover or want to make an extended layover, don’t forget about the TWA hotel at Terminal 5. Not only is the TWA a place to spend an evening for an early morning flight, the hotel features a roof deck pool, fitness studio, roller-rink, and a retro-chic bar.
What’s Still Missing at NY’s Airports
Hair Salons – I love the fact that there are places to get a quick massage or mani/pedi at many airports. New York is such a fast-moving city, that people expect to utilize every single minute possible. However, I see a huge opportunity for a blowout bar to be in every terminal, particularly at the arrivals area. Picture this: you’re heading to a wedding or big meeting out of town and have been swamped with work up until you deplane. Nothing better than knowing your final destination will make you look glamorous!
Sound Baths – Getting a chair massage goes a long way to help tired muscles when you’re traveling. Imagine if you could also get into a good mental state before you get on a place. Sound baths are immersive sound experiences created by that help you destress and unwind before or after a stressful trip.
The airport experience has come a long way. I am so relieved that New York City has finally invested in improvements to give its locals and visitors a favorable experience; not to mention, a favorable impression of the City. Whether you’re traveling yourself or picking-up or dropping-off someone, the new renovations are worth a stop inside. If only the transportation authority could work on cutting down the traffic and time to get there…