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.
After a month of rainbows in June, it’s time to talk about the one color that didn’t quite make the arc nor Frank Sinatra’s lyrics – the color white. Why talk about white in July? Summer is the time of year when days are longer and light-filled. July is also a time of many white-inspired matrimonial celebrations.
When I think of white, I think of the diamond of the crayon box. Unfiltered, unadorned, natural and simple, white is the presence and reflection of all other colors simultaneously. It is not only an iconic color in fashion, where it’s celebrated in the summer but it’s a mainstay for me in the hospitality and design worlds.
In hospitality, white is a more than just a staple color. Nothing says “elegant,” “classic” and “clean” more than a white 400 thread count cotton duvet in your guest room. Whites naturally give guests a feeling of serenity and even safety being in a new destination. White towels are another way guests experience a hotel’s standards of cleanliness. Aside from towel quality, towel color is crucial. Any remnant of a previous guest’s experience showing up on a towel is an absolute faux pas. However, designing with white fabrics can be a challenge in a hotel setting. If the owner is adamant for the specific look, a designer ensures adding a specific amount of cushions into the attic stock to be rotated in and out if there are any oops moments!
Of course, white shows up in so many other ways aside from towels and linens. First, kitchen and bathroom design also favors white because of its clean and simple appearance. In addition, white magic shows up in countless interior settings. It can be the white boucle couch dominating a room with blue or deep red walls. It can also be the white linen floor to ceiling curtains that can create a freshness in a space with less natural sunlight. And don’t think all shades of white are equal. White may be simple but it’s also sophisticated! Did you know there are hundreds of shades?Distinguishing between shades of white could become the next wine tasting experience.
No designer did white quite like British color pioneer Syrie Maugum. Syrie took white decor to a rock-star level in the 1920’s and 1930’s, where Victorian flowers and deeper hues dominated interior and fashion. In most of her designs, Syrie kept things all white or with very little color hue. Syrie’s boldness at the time makes me think that she too had her own version of, “Creativity is Everything!”
If there is anything that you remember from July’s blog, it’s that white never goes out of style and should be celebrated throughout the year. So go ahead and and keep wearing those wonderful white jeans, dresses, handbags, suits, shoes, or whatever it is that tickles your fancy.
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