Maya Romanoff’s wall coverings are very much like my frozen Muhly Grass. Beautiful in their own right. And stunning when I think about the imagination and care needed to produce them.
Maya began his company in 1969, first exploring tie-dyed fabrics and fabric as an artistic medium, then handcrafted, folded paper, wood, grass, bamboo, gold leaf, and eventually, mica and glass beads. He and his wife Joyce still run the corporation with his original inquisitiveness, his interest in other cultures and his enthusiasm for experimenting with new technologies.
|Wallmica in Isfahan|
Maya Romanoff products are available through several showrooms, including their flagship showroom at Merchandise Mart in Chicago and Donghia in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Dania, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
|Beadazzled Flexible Glass Bead in Sylvie|
|with Donghia's Albero|
|Beadazzled Bauble in Pearlie|
|in Coco Butter|
|with Donghia's Estrella|
|with Donghia's Delphi|
|Designed with Amy Lau, Anniversary Crystal wallpaper honors|
the company's 40th anniversary and Maya's early dyed fabrics.
|with Donghia's Flirt|
|Maya Romanoff wall tiles in Vail home designed by Jorge Castillo|
Maya Romanoff is based near Chicago, and about half of their products are constructed at this facility. The rest are made in collaboration with craftsmen in developing countries. Maya and Joyce are committed to reducing waste and promoting green materials here in the United States and abroad.
Snow and ice are transformative in the garden. They encase branches, leaves and seed pods and redefine their silhouettes. And layers of freezing water reveal other colors and forms, like a veiled window into an almost-hidden glacial world.Oly furniture, mirrors, accessories and light fixtures really echo the frosty complexity of winter.
Oly is the brainchild of Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger, who first collaborated in the 1980s when they founded Ironies. Ironies still produces some of the most elegant home furnishings I’ve ever seen, especially in terms of wrought iron designs and hand-painted finishes.
But Kate and Brad were very interested in creating a line that was a little younger and more affordable, so in 1999, they started Oly. Oly designs are about blending the traditional with more contemporary life, adding a little humor and drawing influence from France and Indonesia. But most importantly, they celebrate craftsmanship and beautiful materials, such as natural fibers, antiqued mirror, limestone, granite, marble, onyx, agate and hammered iron,
|Yves Side Table|
|Lorna Accent Table|
mahogany, sono and mindi woods, burnished or brushed sheet metals, reclaimed glass,
Their creations in resin are especially lovely.
Both Ironies and Oly are based in Berkeley, California. Oly furniture and most accessories are made in their own factory in Indonesia from as many locally sourced materials as possible.