Joyce Romanoff - President

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Joyce Romanoff

Chief Executive Officer
Joyce Romanoff - Chief Executive Officer

Joyce Romanoff

Chief Executive Officer
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With her aesthetic sophistication, technical knowledge and prodigious energy, Joyce Romanoff has worked tirelessly to make the “art of everyday” scalable enough for global distribution. During Joyce’s tenure at Maya Romanoff the company has expanded substantially, all while staying true to the guiding principles of company founder Maya Romanoff.

Besides her vital role in building the company’s sales and global reach, she also is the primary design force behind many of Maya Romanoff’s most innovative designs: Mother of Pearl, hand-inlaid tiles of genuine seashell; Ajiro, micro-thin paulownia wood veneer; and Beadazzled Flexible Glass Bead Wallcovering, the first of its kind and entirely fabricated by hand in Maya Romanoff’s Chicago studio. These products have garnered many award recognitions, such as the Interior Design Best of Year, HD Expo Best of Show and the Chicago Athaneum Good Design Award. Beadazzled was inducted into the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection in 2003 and Flexi Mother of Pearl was inducted in 2014.

In 2012 Joyce & Maya Romanoff together were awarded The Museum of Arts and Design’s 2012 Visionaries Lifetime Award for their long-standing commitment to innovative wallcovering design and surfacing materials that bring great design into day-to-day life. In 2010 she and Maya received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aidto Artisans for her work supporting artisans and bringing their crafts to the forefront in interior design.

Joyce Romanoff joined the Maya Romanoff Corporation in 1988 as National Sales Director and became President in 2004. Partnered in both business and family, Joyce and Maya have built an American institution that produces some of the most beautiful—and creative—surfacing materials available. In 2012, with Joyce at the helm, the company received certification as a Women Owned Business from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

She vigorously supports various Parkinson’s foundations including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). She also supports NEWH, The Wilson Foundation, The International Campaign for Tibet, Hadassah, Aid to Artisans, The Art Institute of Chicago and Designs for Dignity.

When Maya passed away in January of 2014 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Joyce lost her partner and husband. Since that time, has taken the helm, along with Maya & Joyce’s second generation, to steer the company into the future.