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.
I usually love the Spring! The spring season for me has always been associated with rebirth. In addition to Easter being one of my favorite holidays, life happens outdoors again. I look forward to heading down to Madison Square Park to take in the awesome sight of trees growing back their leaves, birds chirping it up, and tulip buds opening up their tender petals.
This Spring feels different. The pandemic is waning away and life is returning in the form of incessant outdoor dining and small group gatherings. But I’m not in my usual cheerful pastel pink, green, yellow, and blue frame of mind. That’s because what’s happening out in the gardens and parks is a far cry for what I’m dealing with inside – the recent loss of a dear friend and former college roommate.
To lose anyone at any age is naturally difficult. To lose someone who is your own age, when your age is 30+ years below the average life span is hell. It’s like being emotionally sucker punched- painful and unexpected. First, you’re confused, then you’re in denial that you weren’t prepared and then you’re angry like it’s nobody’s business.
What hit me in the face during this April is that in order for rebirth to happen, as it naturally does, something else dies first. Trees shed their leaves before winter to look like barren wooden skeletons before showing their vibrant green hues in the spring. A hotel project that you’ve spent the last 18 months on, ultimately has a finish date long before the next, big, exciting new project. The relationship that defined much of your adulthood comes grinding to a halt, without a replacement.
The way to cope with this reality of life is to passionately acknowledge death. And by acknowledging death, I mean celebrating life. Too often, we associate death with the color black, and moods of moroseness, sorrow, and the pain of loss. While we each need to deal with things on our own terms, we can choose a different reaction than allowing sadness to linger. Instead, we can live each day as if it was our last or the last day of the people in our lives that we love. This poem by Jeff Foster reminded me, “Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away.”
And so with a heavy heart, I realize that each breath and moment is precious. The Spring rebirth that I need in my heart will eventually come and overwhelm me with joy but until then, I will continue to heal by sharing memories and cherishing the 24 years of friendship of my late friend.
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
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