When it comes to decorating, most people settle for wallpaper. Richard “Maya” Romanoff, who passed away on January 15 at 72, offered what can only be described as wall experiences. I have long been a fan!!
After getting his start in the late 1960s by making tie-dyed T-shirts to sell at a Rolling Stones concert, the American entrepreneur brought his talents to other materials by establishing the Maya Romanoff Corporation. Based in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, the award-winning firm specializes in handmade wall coverings with alchemical special effects, impregnated with shimmering mica or mother-of-pearl, spattered with fine glass beads, or inlaid with laser-cut marquetry.
Whether opulent or funky, his work has one thing in common. “It’s got to be beautiful,” Romanoff often said. “That’s the only thing that counts.” mayaromanoff.com