Last week the Museum of Arts and Design celebrated the 40th anniversary of Maya Romanoff and the launch of three spectacular tie-dye wallpapers. I wasn’t able to attend the event, but my dear friend and colleague Lisa Pak, brought me a souvenir scarf from the event tonight! (thanks Lisa baby!)
The collection unveils in Spring 2010: Half Plaid, Snowflake, and Crystal. This anniversary folio was inspired by the artist’s early work, created in collaboration with New York designer and co-founder of Design Miami, Amy Lau. The museum display has been arranged by friend and architect, David Rockwell.
A pioneer of monumental textile installation, Maya Romanoff is noted for his deep knowledge of ancient craft techniques and ability to synthesize environments with the resonant beauty of handmade, utilitarian objects out of materials that range from paper and felt, to mica and glass bead. The guiding force of his artistic career has been to make art that is “ . . . not so much objectified as occupied,” to make art of every day life.
To achieve the art of everyday, Romanoff early on saw the need for artisanal production at scale. He gave an entrepreneurial platform to his artistic vision by founding a company for the purpose in 1969. Through nearly half a century, his enterprise has remained true to its founding ethos. Romanoff’s atelier – now a bona fide factory with a staff of skilled artisans, many of whom have worked with the artist for decades – produces handmade materials that lend a transcendent vibrancy to interior spaces around the globe.
Maya Romanoff’s work has garnered many awards, including Icon of Industry from NEWH, the IFDA Trailblazer Award, GOOD Design Award and International Design Excellence Award, as well as earned the permanent placement of several collections into the Cooper-Hewitt Design Institute Smithsonian.
“To make a beautiful thing once is easy – to do it over and over again, that is the true art.” -Maya Romanoff