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Maya Romanoff (1941 – January 15, 2014) was an artist, inventor, and director of the Maya Romanoff Corporation, a manufacturer of wall covering and surfacing materials.
Romanoff was a student at the University of California, Berkeley during the 1960s. After graduation, he traveled to North Africa and Paris, where employment at the couture houses spurred his interest in textile design. The influence of Woodstock led to Romanoff producing fabrics that brought the technique of tie-dye into the realm of couture.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, Maya continued to lead the company in partnership with his wife Joyce and family. He died on January 15, 2014, aged 72. The Maya Romanoff Corporation was established in 1969 and now has more than 60 employees. It is based in Skokie, Illinois.
Some of Romanoff’s most acclaimed projects have showcased fabrics as fluid works of art, most notably: New York’s Museum of Contemporary Arts’ 1972 Fabric Vibrations; Bess’ Sunrise, the draping of the Chicago Sun-Times building in 120 ft (37 m) long ribbons of vibrant color; and the design of shimmering main stage curtain for The Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Chicago's Millennium Park.
He led the corporation into position as a prime surface coverings resource for top interior designers and architects. Installations include such high-profile projects as Nobu in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Los Angeles (opened September 2007), the Green Room at the Kodak Theater for the 2007 Academy Awards, Tiffany & Co, the new Playboy Club in Los Angeles, Boucheron stores, Phantom of the Opera Theater in Los Angeles, special projects for Walt Disney, the palace of the Crown Prince of Dubai, Harrod’s, American Girl Stores, etc.
Romanoff received many awards, including the ICON of Industry Scholarship Award, presented in honor of his lifetime achievements in November 2006 by NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network. Other prestigious awards include House & Garden’s Designers’ Best, The International Furnishings and Design Association’s Trailblazer Award, Hospitality Design’s Best of Show in Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Miami, commissions for one of a kind artworks with Dizine for the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum & Puerto Rican Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Home's Top 100 Designs, NEOCON’s Best of Show, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair’s Editor’s Award.
- Maya Romanoff Celebrates 40 Years of Design History with Tie Dye and Pink Socks by Linda Tischler. fastcompany.com; March 10, 2010; retrieved September 14, 2011.
- In Memoriam: Maya Romanoff