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Originally from New York City, Jason Claire graduated from Duke University with a double major in Design and Art History. After spending seven years in healthcare consulting, he received his MBA from Georgetown University where he focused on entrepreneurship. Soon after he realized that he wanted to start his own business focusing on a lifelong passion for design. In 2002, he joined forces with business partner Eric Kole to form Vastu. Vastu is the culmination of Jason's interests in art, design, architecture, and business.
Jason has designed the interiors for numerous clients in Washington, DC and its suburbs including modern reinterpretations of turn-of-the-Century Victorians, open floor plan lofts, and large suburban homes. His style is comfortable, modern. Jason is a firm believer that furniture should be more than just clean-lined and good looking, it should also be comfortable and practical. He leans toward warm, monochromatic palettes with pops of color in original art and accessories.
Jason moved to the area in 2000, so he has first-hand knowledge of the advantages and challenges of urban living. He also lives one block from Vastu and enjoys seeing his clients at the gym, local restaurants, and Whole Foods. He is active in charitable activities throughout city.
Eric Kole studied Economics and Consumer Design at Cornell University, specifically how our designed surroundings affect our behaviors and relationships. He then completely ignored his education and spent what seemed like a lifetime working his way up the corporate ladder of software sales. Unable to satisfy his creative needs in either a cubicle or a corner office, he started Vastu with the goal of bringing to Washington a warm, comfortable modern design aesthetic and a lot of great furniture, art and accessories previously unavailable in the area.
Eric never wants to go back to corporate life and does his best to keep Vastu a fun and exciting place to shop, work and design. He strives to create great spaces by considering form, function, spatial relationships and client’s personalities. His work has been featured in Home & Design, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, The Washington Post, DC Modern Luxury and many others. He has also appeared as a guest designer on Trading Spaces, Curb Appeal and Garage Takeover.
Eric lives just blocks from Vastu and enjoys seeing his customers around the neighborhood. He is active in the community as both as a resident and small business owner, supporting local organizations and charities.