Design Visionary | Creative | Meticulous | Life Enthusiast
Born in Carmel, California, Aaron Laine was destined for a career involving custom and resplendent living spaces. Early influences of the spectacular Pacific coastline, surrounding nature, modernist architecture and the area’s maker community played a seminal role in his upbringing.
While his artist grandmother instilled an appreciation of color, texture, and the importance of good tailoring, his parents imparted more practical traits of responsibility and a strong work ethic. Entrepreneurship was evident even in childhood, when he chose to sell eggs and flowers door to door. His tireless spirit, dedication and ease in connecting with people would prove to be invaluable characteristics.
As a teenager, his family moved to Texas where he embraced his new home in Houston. Aaron showed a talent for making things and a fascination with process and material. The self-starter funded his own college education, working several jobs while attending class. An opportunity volunteering for ASID formalized his career choice and a design internship followed. This led to sales positions at leading bath showrooms. Adept with customers and showing a flair for style, he soon became immersed in plumbing. This not only revealed a thorough understanding of product specifics and, mechanics, but also a natural ability to communicate with tradesmen and contractors.
Utilizing his business acumen and design expertise, he established the to-the-trade showroom Fixtures & Fittings in 2009. Despite the difficult economic climate, he remained committed to core beliefs, prioritizing people over products and delivering seamless and uncompromising work. He also emphasized designing for the complete luxury home beyond kitchens and baths. The business thrived and, in 2011, he moved to a larger location and began building a team with Mindy Carter Martin as Vice President.
Aaron expertly guides the curation and displays at Fixtures & Fittings. The hope is that visitors will be transported to another place and leave inspired similar to visiting a gallery or museum. He gleans inspiration from myriad sources–art, travel, architecture, antiques and all things modern. An avid collector, he loves vintage glass, match strikers, lighters, Lucite and has a penchant for suits. When not at work or at the gym, he can be found escaping to the sanctity of his home or ranch. He and his partner and their adorable Golden Doodle Flora Mae spend weekends at the ranch raising cows and chickens. Driving a tractor is a spiritual cleanser of sorts, allowing him the time and space to think about the business, his next trip or simply enjoy old-time country western music.
Today, Fixtures & Fittings remains an asset to the Houston design community. Laine has prided the company in not only offering exquisitely-made products, but, more important, in providing the inspiration, dedicated service and steadfast capability that results in a bespoke and beloved environment, one space at a time.
For architects, designers and those in the design trade seeking an appointment with Fixtures & Fittings, please call 713.808.9069.