Maya Romanoff, founder and chief creative officer of wallcovering manufacturer Maya Romanoff Corporation, died on January 15 at the age of 72. He founded his eponymous firm in 1969 amidst discovering the art of tie-dye at Woodstock. Romanoff formed an apparel line named Wearable Art, and his dyed leather and silk works are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. A notable fabric installation at Chicago Sun-Times building, where 28 brightly colored ribbons hung from the seventh-floor terrace down to the edge of the Chicago River, earned coverage in Time.
Romanoff transitioned into wallcoverings, incorporating tactile materials such as glass beads, sea shells, gold leaf, and stitching. In 1998, he married Joyce Lehrer, who had joined the company 10 years earlier and is widely credited with expanding the business into new markets. In 2013, Romanoff received the the MADE: In America William Thornton Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship. According to a statement from Romanoff’s firm, “He never stopped pushing his company to create and to grow.”
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