The M(Group) Interactive Guide to Collecting, Decorating With, and Learning About, Wonderful and Unusual Things
By Carey Maloney
224 Pages / Over 300 Illustrations
With a living room filled with artifacts, quirky sculptures, and a set of swing chairs, Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea’s house in Germantown, New York is anything but ordinary.
On these pages, and on many throughout the book, furniture pieces, artworks, and artifacts are labeled with numbers that correspond to more detailed descriptions of each item.
One of 40 unique “topic pages,” this page offers a look into the bizarre world of taxidermy. Embedded with digital recognition technology, the reader can scan these page to find a wealth of cyberlinks that lead to more information from the world’s most illuminating resources.
Above the bed in Hermes Mallea’s bedroom, the large map of commercial airline routes after World War II was originally in the chairman of the Federal Aviation Agency’s Washington D.C. office. Little colored tapes crisscross the country. Who knew you could once fly directly from Santa Fe to Boise?
Between the Oceanic pieces, the Aboriginal art, some African things, and the wall of horns, the bar in Carey and Hermes’ Germantown house has a Nairobi Hilton-on-the-Hudson-River vibe.
1885 to 1910
Knotty pine is one of M(Group)’s favorite woods. The wood is cheap but the finishing process is key. The wood was oxidized and then French polished; it is warm and welcoming, and looks like it has always been there. The pine paneling is very American but the decoration has elements from far afield.
Chinese Revolutionary Artifacts
1949 to today
Nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Some people see them as anachronistic, but Hermes and Carey like a big, and in this case, grand dining room. The architecture of the room in a New York townhouse was inspired by the French Empire and its decor continued the theme with classical acanthus patterns that have been embossed onto the custom-made silk velvet curtains, and act as gilded curtain-pole finials.
This apartment in the legendary Gainsborough Studios on Central Park South in Manhattan was a true trophy. The beautiful large, double-height living room looking north over Central Park is intimate and comfortable for a single person and perfect—airy and big—for a cocktail crush.
The Regency pen-work chaise, with its fragile caning, is the dropoff point in the hall of an apartment in one of Manhattan’s grandest residential buildings. A collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century embroideries is a testament to the talents and free time of the rich young women who created them. They are in their original frames, and some have handwritten signature labels.
A nineteenth-century Chinese chest in the author’s dining room serves as a bar, sporting his grandfather’s German silver cocktail shaker and Mark Cross silver golf club swizzle sticks. Silver julep cups are a Southern thing—and linen cocktail napkins could be. The “Repeal the 18th Amendment” napkins are a treasure—and only one set of about thirty found over the years.
Carey threw the television into the art-wall mix of the master bedroom, left, making sure the art was in a variety of media—backlit movie theatre advertisements, black-and-white- and color photographs, works on paper, an Aboriginal bark painting, and an Anglo-Indian painting on ivory. The dressing room, right, has cork-covered walls, allowing for memorabilia—and lots of it.
Eighteenth century to today
Explore the brilliant, bold designs, and intriguing collections in the beautiful interiors of author Carey Maloney, his partner, architect Hermes Mallea, and their firm, M(Group), in this one-of-a-kind interactive omnibus. Stuff invites the reader inside the wonderfully diverse homes of impassioned collectors, detailing the wide variety of art and objects that go into the creation of M(Group)’s complex, richly layered, and beautifully orchestrated interiors. A unique interactive digital recognition technology allows readers to delve deep into an array of 40 esoteric and varied topics—from anatomical models to Australian aboriginal art, pre-Columbian pottery to Coromandel screens, and taxidermy to Tiffany lamps—all accompanied by personal anecdotes as witty and insightful as the homes M(Group) designs.
About the Author
Carey Maloney, a Texan by birth and a New Yorker by choice, founded the architecture and interior design firm M (Group) with his partner, architect Hermes Mallea, in 1984. Maloney and Mallea divide their time between Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley.