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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 TLC's Trading Spaces, Discovery Channel's Garage Takeover and HGTV's Curb Appeal and Showhouse Showdown.
Eric now lives in Palm Springs, CA and is currently designing private homes and vacation rental properties in southern California using his love of mid-century modern furnishings and design and Vastu's ideals.
Craig Tilly studied graphic design at The Illinois Institute of Art. After graduation he worked in a small advertising agency but realized he was driven to be more physically involved in visuals. He then worked his way into visual merchandising for a furniture retailer for many years and then onto apparel and home good store management. Craig's love for design followed him with each position he held, but now his lifelong passion of interior design is no longer just a hobby.
Craig's design style, mixing modern and comfort, is a welcome fit into the Vastu culture. He loves to merge clean lines of modern furniture with vintage pieces that have a history. Craig has a knack for being able to see the many possibilities of how to use each and every piece he puts into a space. On his days off,he enjoys antiquing where he can get lost for hours and hours.
Craig first came into contact with Vastu when Eric reached out to him to design the corporate identity for the business. He then helped in the initial build-up of the store in 2002. He spent the last 5 years living in San Diego and adapted well to the easy going lifestyle and vibe of the west coast. However, Craig still yearned for the fast paced, big city feel of D.C. So when Eric and Jason reached out to him about the opportunity to come manage the store, he just couldn't refuse.