I am passionate about color, pattern, and decoration. My work is founded on innovative construction, quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship. And I believe that the objects we choose to surround ourselves with have the power to transform our environments and influence our lives… So choose wisely!
John Mahoney’s love of pattern and decoration began at a young age, when he was making collages out of fabric scraps under his mother’s sewing table. After majoring in fine arts at Amherst College, he moved to New York, where he exhibited very colorful, pattern-oriented work in various group and solo shows.
In 2004 John crossed the line between fine and applied art and founded his own design firm to produce home furnishings and serve commercial clients. His wallpaper, rug, and fabric collections are made by hand using all natural materials. He enjoys close, working relationships with artisans and factories around the world, with whom he has developed many new materials and techniques. John’s designs range from subtle to exuberant, and they often manifest a deep love of Japanese visual history, which he deftly interprets for a modern audience.
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. In addition to product development, John is currently working on decorating a former one-room schoolhouse in the Hudson Valley with a mix of hand-me-downs, custom pieces, and lots of surface design.