John Mahoney’s love of art and design began at a young age, when he was 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 2004 John crossed from fine to applied art and founded his own design studio producing custom rugs and wallpapers for interior designers and architects. His products were all made by hand using all natural materials. He worked directly with his factories, often developing new techniques and materials. In 2012 he produced a capsule rug collection for Merida, using innovative fiber combinations and tufting techniques. His surface designs have ranged from subtle to exuberant, and they often reference decorative art 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. His home was recently published in And North, and he is currently doing surface design and product development for a wide range of clients.