John Mahoney’s love of art and design began at a young age, when he started making collages out of fabric scraps under his mother’s sewing table. After studying art at Amherst College and Chatauqua Institution, he moved to New York, where he exhibited decorative, colorful, and pattern-oriented work in various group and solo shows. A trip to Tokyo in 1992 ignited an abiding interest in Japanese culture and history, which has informed his life and work ever since.
In 2002 John started his own business producing handmade rugs, wallpapers, fabrics, and home accessories. He specialized in custom work for interior designers and architects, and later launched a soft goods collection called Print & Sew USA for wholesale and retail. His designs referenced Art Nouveau, the Aesthetic Movement, and Edo-period kimono stencils, and were all made by hand using natural materials. He worked closely with his suppliers and manufacturers to develop new materials and techniques. In 2012 he produced a capsule rug collection for Merida, using innovative fiber combinations and tufting techniques. He continues to do product design and development projects for a range of clients.
John’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has been featured by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, National Public Radio, the New York Times Style Magazine, and the New Yorker. His home was recently published in And North, where his range of talents and his belief in art as life is on full display.