Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Maya Romanoff established the company in 1969 after discovering an inherent passion for dyeing textiles. Artist, inventor and chief creative officer of the Maya Romanoff Corporation, Maya created and has sustained a company culture that fosters a sense of community and artistic expression. His study and practice of Zen Buddhism was influential in his philosophy of making "uncommon art."
Throughout the company's evolution Romanoff's founding vision of transforming modern design by combining ancient artistic techniques with the latest production technology has held strong. Pushing technological boundaries has allowed Romanoff to turn his affinity for organic beauty into marketable, avant-garde surface coverings.
Originally from Chicago, Maya attended University of California at Berkley at a pivotal moment in the 1960's, studying Anthropology and Art. His post graduate travels to countries such as North Africa and Paris cemented his developing philosophy that art should be an integral part of everyday life. Exposure to the couture houses of Paris spurred his interest in textile design and fashion.
Enter Woodstock and Maya's discovery of the intriguing technique of tie-dye. His amazing fabrics swept tie-dye into the realm of couture and subsequently went beyond draping bodies to draping entire buildings-- creating large scale "Installation Art." Maya began to experiment further with surfaces creating floorcoverings, entire fabric room environments and of course, wallcoverings.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, Maya has forged ahead and continued to grow the company in partnership with his wife Joyce and family bringing a next generation to the company.
Maya's achievements are far too extensive to list here. Continued innovation and industry-wide recognition have led to his being named a Trailblazer by The International Furnishings and Design Association and an Icon of Industry by NEWH. Several collections have been inducted into the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.