While in Chicago recently, we spent some time at Maya Romanoff, a family-owned company making handmade wallcoverings since 1969. For 45 years, the brand has been crafting innovative designs, incorporating fine glass beads, gold leaf, seashells, inlaid wood, hand painting, and stitching into its luxury line of surface materials. Continually pushing the envelope, Maya Romanoff remains on the forefront of original, covet-worthy ideas while staying true to its handcrafted roots that would definitely make the founder, Maya, proud.
First, a quick tour of the Maya Romanoff offices, which are just outside of Chicago in a 40,000-square-foot facility. The brand’s textiles and artwork are featured throughout and near the front door is a photo of Maya who started it all.
Barn-style sliding doors on private offices feature various Maya Romanoff wallcoverings adding character to the office-side of the building.
Maya Romanoff is a dog-friendly office so it’s pretty common to see wagging tails popping in and out of the offices. This is Jelly, the adorable dog of Laura Romanoff, the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing who happens to be Maya and Joyce’s (Maya’s widow) niece.
A dyed textile that Maya made in the ’70s hangs in one of the offices.
This portrait of David Bowie, by photographer Bob Gruen, was finished with Maya’s signature glass beads, adding an opulent layer to the famed photo, which hangs in the company’s offices.
The break room walls are clad with Maya Romanoff’s vinyl Weathered Metals II design.
Each of the employees has an apron to wear while they work on the wallpapers.
Rolls of paper waiting for the next step in the handmade production process.
The company’s attention to detail shows up everywhere, including the mixing of pigments. They make sure the colors are perfect and consistent every time.
Most of the employees that work for the company have been there for many years, and a number of them have other family members working there, also. It’s truly a family business.
A peek at the production process of the Beadazzled Geode™ wallcovering:
A peek at the production process of the River Bed™ wallpaper:
While I was visiting, I got to see some of the new wallcoverings Maya Romanoff is launching this month. All of them are handmade at the studio. Take a peek:
Can’t get enough? We can’t either – watch the video below for an insider view into the factory: