Havana Living Today presents both stylish homes that survived the Cuban Revolution as well as innovative Havana interiors created in recent years amid the beginning of a new era and lifestyle.
Far from the cliché images of dilapidated palazzos and 1950s-era cars, Havana Living Today presents a vibrant, creative, and forward-looking city through the lens of an eclectic collection of domestic interiors. Recent changes in Cuba—such as the easing of restrictions on travel and commercial real estate enterprises—have led to a flurry of world-class renovations, giving rise to a palpable hopefulness in the Cuban capital and innovative interiors for a tropical lifestyle.
Havana Living Today is an insider’s view of the styles present in this revitalizing city, taking the reader into the elegant, eccentric, sophisticated, and classical melange of the city’s finest and most fascinating interiors.
This is the first book of its kind to counter long-held preconceptions about how people live in Havana, presenting a vision of the city that international visitors have rarely seen until now, offering fresh inspiration to design aficionados and homeowners in warm climes.
About the Author
Hermes Mallea is an architect and a partner in M(Group), a design firm based in New York. He studied at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Historic Preservation and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is the author of Great Houses of Havana and Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour.
"HAVANA LIVING TODAY: Cuban Home Style Now is a beautiful book filled with intricate furnishings, unique art, beautiful textiles, and a great amount of tile. Each page is shares bright color and ornate large pieces of beautiful wood and contemporary decor. "
—Splendid Sass Blog
"The latest home design book from architect Hermes Mallea has a special appeal for art aficionados, bringing readers into the homes and studio spaces of everyone from Wilfredo Prieto to Los Carpinteros member Dagoberto Rodríguez, Sandra Ramos, and Rachel Valdés Camejo. The homes of Havana’s foreign ambassadors, the residence of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, and the New York–inflected space of Cucu Diamantes and Andres Levin are also showcased. "