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Hermes Mallea is an architect and a partner in M(Group), a design firm based in New York. Mr. Mallea 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.


"A treasure trove of great Caribbean design from the past 75 years..." -New York Cottages Gardens

"A new tome by designer and architect Hermes Mallea explores the origins and heyday of the Caribbean fantasy vacation...a treasure trove of gorgeous archival images in his latest book, Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour, it was early-20th-century tourism in the Caribbean in particular that inspired our collective travel poster vision of palm trees, tropical drinks, white sand, blue-green water and outrageous jungle/castle/pirate-themed resort architecture. Mallea shows in the most delightful way how our idyllic conception of the region as a fantastical tropical paradise was created by the media...The book also charts the region's progress through the jet-set era and beyond, the changing notions of resort glamour in the '50s, '60s and '70s, and the migration of the upper crust to new islands and enclaves as travel opened to the middle class." -Departures

"This 256-page read is chock-full of historic vacation homes from the '20s to the '80s, and we're busy planning our next getaway while flipping through Escape's dreamy features." -Southern Living

"Hermes Mallea takes the reader inside a world of beach parties and costume balls set in lush tropical landscapes: rarefied resorts and fairy-tale private estates..." -Society Diaries

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