Editor’s Miscellany: Remembering Maya Romanoff

Text by Kyle Hoepner

The interior design and architecture world lost a creative force when Richard “Maya” Romanoff died on January 15, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. His company, Maya Romanoff Corporation, continues, under the able direction of his wife and partner, Joyce Romanoff, to produce fanciful wall coverings and other luxe surfacing materials, but Maya will be missed. Here are a few of the beaded, bejeweled, gilded, textured, and otherwise fabulous experiences his eponymous firm has bestowed upon the world over the years.

Joyce and Maya Romanoff. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

A shrimp-colored Maya Romanoff wall covering bedecks this Cape Cod living room by architect Thomas Catalano and interior designer Susanne Csongor.

Photo by Gordon Beall; click here to seem more of this home.

Mother of Pearl Aphrodite wall covering. Photo from archiexpo.com

Metal-leaf wall covering used in a Connecticut living room by designer
Lynne Scalo. Photo from lynnescalo.com

Amy Lau’s Anniversary Half Plaid design in an installation by Studio Dror.
Photo by Erez Sabag from houzz.com

Mother of Pearl wall covering at the bar at Market by Jean Georges in Vancouver’s

Paper Flower wall covering installation by Amy Lau for Maya Romanoff at the
2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Photo from amylaudesign.com

As it happens, you’ll be able to discover more about Romanoff’s life and work in a volume scheduled to appear just next month—in February—from CityFiles Press, Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas. See the Maya Romanoff website to preorder.

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