Behind-the-Design: Our New Wool Wallcovering

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Behind-the-Design: Our New Wool Wallcovering

February 28 2017


When we first began collaborating with The Rockwell Group on the Virgin Hotel Chicago, there was a challenge to overcome: they wanted to use our Blanket wallcovering, an intricately embroidered, felted wool fabric (a choice that wasn’t surprising, given that the head of The Rockwell Group, David Rockwell actually helped design the collection). However, the bespoke nature of the product meant that the price and lead times were too high to cover the walls of an entire hotel. Over the course of a few months, we were challenged to value engineer. We played with dozens of processes, ideas, and materials to try and come up with a beautiful solution at a hospitality budget. After much trial and error, we developed a brand new process that uses metallic foil and ink, but is evocative of stitching. We loved this new creation so much we decided to create an entire collection around it. Because of the softness of the heathered wool ground, the name Cozy was a natural.

To help with the designs of this derivative collection, we again worked alongside The Rockwell Group. Barry Richards was the lead product designer on the project, and below, we’re talking with him about how he came up with the 34 wool wallcoverings that now make up the Cozy collection.

What did you envision for this collection?

Cozy is inspired by the warmth and soothing quality of wool. We thought of the wallcovering as a blanket wrapping a room in a comforting embrace.

How did you settle on the prints and color pairings for the Cozy Collection?

It was a very collaborative effort, but Rockwell Group held in-house case studies with our interior designers to help develop the prints and color pairings. Everyone really liked the unexpected bright colors. The bold orange and chartreuse stitching adds a subtle yet unexpected playfulness. We were particularly drawn to the curves of Embrace and the geometry of Day Dreamer.

How long did the collection take to develop?

Almost two years. As in any product design, we went through several iterations with Maya Romanoff and Rockwell Group approved the final design.

How do you envision these wallcoverings being used?

From the start of the collection, we wanted to create a wallcovering that is open ended for designers. It can be used in a variety of different spaces, from hotels and restaurants to homes and event spaces. The possibilities are endless. The 45,000 double rubs makes it suitable for upholstery and pillows as well.

Do you have a print or color that is a personal favorite?

The gold and silver stitching, which is actually metallic foil, adds an element of surprise. It enhances the highly-tactile appeal of the covering. The material’s color and look shifts when viewed at different angles.

To see the entire Cozy collection and order product samples, click here

The Designer of The Virgin Hotel Chicago Shares her Inspiration

February 16 2017


Our brand new wallcovering, Cozy, launches this month, but it’s been years in the making. It all started in 2014, with a custom product we created in collaboration with The Rockwell Group for the comfy-chic guest rooms of the first-ever Virgin Hotel, built right here in Chicago.

We loved the result so much, we decided to create an entire collection around it, and spent the last two years getting the patterns and colors just right. In honor of the launch of Cozy, we’re chatting with Eva Longoria, The Virgin Hotel’s lead designer, about the inspiration for the space, and why the wool wallcovering that inspired "Cozy" was the perfect fit for the hotel. 

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MR: What was the overall design concept for The Virgin Hotel?

EL: Virgin Hotels Chicago is a comfortable and efficient home away from home with a simple and modern feel.  The design is contemporary, sophisticated and elegant, yet understated and playful. The project was about creating a down-to-earth, flexible, and playful environment that allows Virgin’s guests to settle right in and be at ease.

What inspired it?

We were inspired by the playfulness of the Virgin brand and its sense of humor. The hotel is also housed in the Old Dearborn Bank building, an Art Deco landmark designed by C.W. and George L. Rapp Architects in 1928. So, we restored significant historical and architectural features to add warmth and character, while contemporary design details underscore the vibrant DNA of the Virgin brand.

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What three words would you use to describe the hotel's guest rooms?

Warm, residential and versatile.

Why did you want to go with a wool wallcovering for the rooms?

The wool felt wraps a room in a comforting feel. It adds a sense of warmth to the Sleeping Lounge that creates a more residential atmosphere.

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Why was the "Cozy" collection a perfect solution for the space?

The interior of Virgin Hotel Chicago is characterized by a relaxed “in-your-own-living-room” ambiance, a contemporary and cozy style, and a sense of whimsy. The custom stitching in the brand’s signature red creates a playful counterpoint to the gray felt.

For more about Cozy or to order samples, click here

Behind the Scenes: The Story of Mesa

February 09 2017


If you’re a Maya devotee or simply a design industry veteran, you might feel vaguely familiar with one of our newest wallcoverings launched late last year, Mesa. And there’d be good reason.

While there’s no one process or source of inspiration for our new products--sometime’s it’s pure experimentation, other-times collections grow from a custom-project--we occasionally turn to our roots as a company to see what techniques from our past can be modernized into designs that are fresh and relevant for today. Such was the case with Mesa.

 

The intricate, textured motif that characterizes the Mesa line actually stems from a process we adopted decades before and used to make one of our most iconic products, Grecian Crystal. The original collection debuted in the 1980s, and was a staple of our offering for more than 15 years.

See the making of Mesa:

 

Grecian Crystal relied on an ages old Japanese paper-crushing technique to create a one-of-a-kind organic pattern, but one that didn’t feel quite contemporary enough to simply resurrect on its own. Instead, we revived and refined the crushing and painting process until we found the effect that’s the basis for Mesa.

The true beauty of the product is its textured appearance, despite the fact that the finished paper is completely smooth. To achieve this, we start with a length of paper that’s hand crushed, and then gently smoothed out to preserve the body. Afterwards, we wash-coat the roll with metallic pigments that settle into the valleys of the paper, allowing the paint to take on the texture of the crush. The process is repeated again and again until a vivid pattern appears. After the final layer is applied, the paper is ironed out smooth, and coated with a protectant that makes it washable and long-wearing.

While the finished wallcovering is smooth to the touch, it’s a very apparent pattern with depth that tricks the eye. As David Berkowitz, our Vice President of Product Development has said, “It has so much texture that you have to get up to the wall to see that it’s actually smooth.”

Mesa comes in nine colorways, including Limestone, Jerusalem Stone, Antique Travertine, Carrara, Gray Agate, Golden Quartzite, Brownstone, Red Jasper, and Black Slate. (Seen above).

Order samples to see the collection for yourself, here.

3 Key Things To Know About Installing Handcrafted Wallcoverings

January 23 2017


Glenn Giacinto has been installing Maya Romanoff wallcoverings since 1983. He’s installed them in hotels and homes around the country, and as far away as Hong Kong, India, Dubai and Azerbaijan. It’s safe to say that he is one of the world’s foremost experts in putting up our surfacing materials. That also means he’s the one who is most often called upon when our customer service department is contacted about a tricky installation.

Given all that he’s seen in the last quarter-century, we asked Glenn to share the most important things to know about installing our wallcoverings.

The products are handmade.

The beauty of many of our collections is that they're handmade, but that also means that they'll be different that standard wallpaper or wallcoverings. Some of our products come in tiles, while other come in rolls. Some of the products have an exact-matching repeat, while others don't. Either way, says Glenn, it's important to understand how the product will look once it's installed by looking at photos of finished spaces. In other words: “In certain wallcoverings, you will always see the seams,” says Glenn. “We sometimes run into trouble because a client or homeowner doesn’t think you should see the panels, but that’s just the nature of the product." One thing you can always be sure of: The color and pattern will be precisely consistent from panel to panel. Before our products are ever put in a box to be shipped, our quality control team examines every single panel or tile for inconsistencies, and they even pack the tiles based on how they should be hung to ensure a perfect flow (even when seams are visible).

Find an experienced installer.

As we mentioned, Glenn is often the person we call on to help a client with installation challenges. His best tip for a successful installation is to work with an experienced installer. “Most of the showrooms have companies they can recommend,” says Glenn, who also runs a training program for installers.

Not all wallcoverings are right for every area.

Like upholstery or tile, certain wallcoverings are hardwearing and low-maintenance, while others are more delicate and particular. Our products run the gamut, so it's important to choose the right product for the right area, something a knowledgeable sales rep can help determine. Glenn remembers a specific trip to a luxury hotel chain in Macau. It wasn’t a vacation, but a working trip: he was there to help the property figure out how to install one of our wallcoverings in their densely humid climate. Humidity, he says, is one of the major challenges when it comes to installation. “That doesn’t mean you can’t use wallcoverings in humid areas, you just need to control the environment indoors for temperature and humidity,” he advises.

Do you have more questions about where and how to install our wallcoverings? Our customer service team is happy to help, and can be reached at customerservice@mayaromanoff.com or 1-773-465-6909.

The Story of Bravado

January 13 2017


By and large, all of our products at Maya Romanoff start out as experiments. They’re tests of material, color, and process that are finessed and tweaked over and over until we pinpoint a combination that achieves the beauty and depth that is the hallmark of our brand. The products also must include the essential requirement of durability that is suitable both for elegant residences  and the busy corridors of Las Vegas Hotels alike.

Our latest collection, Bravado, is no different. The idea for the pattern and texture originally stemmed from an experiment with a clay-like compound that was hand-raked across backing panels to create a grid-style pattern. The results were captivating. However, after finding that the process was too time intensive to ever be replicated in high-quantities, and to ensure a hardwearing, high-quality surfacing material, the method had to be re-engineered.

The solution: creating a mold from the original clay-grids .After further development and testing, we came up with the version of Bravado that we launched late last year  The Bravado collection combines extraordinary durability with our handicraft techniques that preserve the imperfection and nuance of the initial method. 

We begin with an intricately and deeply embossed vinyl substrate that brilliantly replicates the original mold, it is then hand-painted with matte and metallic pigments. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the finished product comes from the final step in the process: the hand-applied color pools in the peaks and valleys of the grid in a way that gives it even greater depth and dimension, achieving  the luxurious look we’d imagined from the start.

Bravado is currently available in 11 colorways through our showrooms and local sales representatives. See the entire collection here.

Wow With Wallcoverings in the Powder Room

January 11 2017


For designers and homeowners alike, the powder room is often one of the most fun spots in the home to decorate. The space is small, so bold design won’t overwhelm, and it’s enclosed, meaning that a daring departure from the decor scheme in the rest of the home won’t marr the overall aesthetic. And of course, the element of surprise plays a role: a powder room is a functional space, which makes it unexpected and even more appreciated when the door opens to a dazzling jewel box instead of a standard-issue water closet.

Throughout the years some of the most beautiful spaces created with our wallcoverings have, in fact, been petite powder rooms no bigger than a few dozen square feet. Here is just a small sample of spaces we love. 

Our Mother of Pearl tiles cover a shimmering, shell-themed powder room by James Merrell, which garnered a spot in House Beautiful magazine.

It doesn't get more glamorous than brass accents against our equally-luminous Beadazzled Leaf wallcovering. 

A space by Sargeant Pillsbury Designs makes a statement with texture, mixing natural wood and stone finishes with our capiz shell Mother of Pearl wallcovering.

This powder room by Habachi Design is the perfect example of taking advantage of a small room to create a high-impact design. Here, it was done by using our black Abacadazzle Galactic wallcovering from floor-to-ceiling.

A neutral, understated space can make a strong statement too, a la this all-white powder room by Solis Betancourt & Sherrill.

Finally, designer Scott Laslie balanced out linear, hardworking subway tile with our organic, ethereal Weathered Metals wallcovering. 

For more photos of our wallcoverings used to beautiful effect in powder and bathrooms, visit our Houzz photo collection.

Cozy up to Hygge

January 03 2017


Each year seems to start off with a flurry of attention surrounding new trends and style perspectives that are set to rule the next twelve months. Because of the time and thought that goes into our collections, our style tends to be a bit more evergreen than on trend, but this year, one particular movement of the moment admittedly caught our eye when it was recently profiled by the New York Times. It’s called Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah), which means “Cozy” in Danish. And if you’ve followed our social channels, stopped by our showrooms, or visited us at trade shows recently, then you’ve probably got an inkling as to why.

Hygge is essentially a Danish decorating style--almost a lifestyle, really-- that embraces all things soft, fuzzy, and dimly lit, and its English translation, Cozy, also happens to the the name of our brand new collection. Our version of Cozy is exactly what the name brings to mind: a heathered wool wallcovering collection that’s soft, warm, and enveloping. It was inspired by our equally Hygge-conjuring Blanket collection, and like its predecessor, was created in collaboration with renowned designer David Rockwell.

While we’ve always been convinced of Cozy’s aesthetic attributes, but according to the Times’ piece, it may also offer another benefit that has far higher stakes. The Denmark-based Happiness Institute credits a dedication to Hygge with the fact that Denmark consistently ranks among the happiest countries in the world -- and other countries are quickly taking note. Britain’s “The Collins Dictionary” names Hygge one of its top words of 2016, and “The Little Book of Hygge” will be released stateside this month.

Ready to do your part to spread Hygge nationwide? Contact your sales rep to order samples of Cozy. The collection comes in five raised-ink patterns and complementary solids.

How to Support Originality in Design

December 21 2016


The heart of our business at Maya Romanoff is our commitment to creating. The Romanoff family, along with our artisans and product development team, are constantly experimenting with new processes and materials that lead to world-class wallcoverings, unlike anything else that exists on the market. Originality in every sense is what has set us apart, allowed us to make a mark on the interior design industry and employ hundreds of people for decades. It’s not an easy way to do business, but it’s the only way that allows for true artistry in design.

Preserving this level of originality in design is what prompted us to join forces with a great organization called Be Original Americas, a group that’s raising awareness around the furnishing and interiors companies that are producing innovative, proprietary products, and the importance of supporting and protecting these original makers from counterfeits and knockoffs.

Counterfeiting has become a major challenge in the worlds of style, fashion and design, and one that’s taking a toll on some of these industries’ most legendary businesses. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, more than 2.5 million jobs have been lost due to fake products, and the estimated value of counterfeit goods rose from $650 Billion in 2008 to  $1.7 Trillion in 2015. It’s also an issue that almost no artist or designer is safe from.

There are now nearly 100 companies from the interior design industry that have joined Be Original Americas, including legendary houses like Herman Miller, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Bernhardt, Cassina, Alessi, Missoni Home, and Tom Dixon.

If you’re looking for a new charity to back this season, or a New Year’s resolution to make, we suggest supporting this wonderful organization and all it’s doing to preserve the future of original, beautiful ideas.

For more information, visit www.beoriginalamericas.com.

Project Spotlight: Our Blanket Collection Wows in a Harlem Townhouse

December 16 2016


We love seeing where our wallcoverings end up. No two projects are alike, and each completed room gives us new perspective on our collections and ideas for the next ones. Recently, one of our clients, Joe Human of Designs by Human, shared with us a stunning space he designed for a New York City couple who’d just purchased a townhome in up-and-coming East Harlem.

The couple was after a masculine aesthetic that felt cozy, clutter-free, and modern, but paid homage to the building’s historic architecture. Joe incorporated our Blanket wallcovering, a collaboration with designer David Rockwell, in the master bedroom to results that we are so enamored with that we had to find out more about the room...

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MR: Can you tell us a little bit about the overall design of this home?

JH: This home is a townhouse located in East Harlem originally built in the late 1800s. Unfortunately it was renovated in the 2000s where all the interior character was stripped out with the exception of the main entrance door.  We wanted to keep the overall design clean and masculine but bring in a slight hint of the building's past.

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Why did you choose to go with Blanket in the master bedroom?

The Blanket wallcovering is so unique and so masculine, reminds me of a perfectly tailored suit (which I love!). The rest of the home is more modern with light walls so we wanted the master bedroom to feel cozy and have a unique texture on it that you typically would not see. Since the clients wanted an uncluttered space, this wallcovering paired with the other minimal accents allowed for a fully designed space without needing a lot of items in the room.

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What about the beautiful mural in the room? Can you tell us more about that?

The wall mural is a custom wall covering we had made from a satellite image from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The client wanted to wake up each morning and have a refreshing feeling and they both loved satellite images. We experimented with a bunch of different images but wanted one that wasn't directly referential (say a zoomed in shot of New York City or Italy). It was important to position it properly and include an image with the right amount of blues and browns so it would also complement the Maya Romanoff wallcovering.

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How did the wallcovering inform the decisions in the rest of the room?

We really wanted the wallcovering to be a neutral in the room to the map and they both had to work well together. All the other finishes were to have nice complementing wood and metal tones to help complete the masculine look. With it being dark we also didn't want any of the other choices to be overly dark to keep the space feeling bright but wanted to introduce several simple layers.

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Great job, Joe! To see the entire Blanket wallcovering collection, click here.

The Beauty of Wood Veneer Wallcoverings

December 08 2016


When you think of rooms with wood on the walls, do images of walnut-paneled libraries or shiplap-strewn beach cottages jump to mind? If so, It’s time to reconsider wood wallcoverings: The options don’t have to be quite so literal.

Our line of wood-veneer wallcoverings, Ajiro, offers the natural, organic beauty of wood with the streamlined, contemporary finish of wallpaper and the subtle texture of grasscloth.

The hand-inlaid patterns are made with micro-thin layers of wood adhered to a paper backing to create wallcoverings that are rich and intricate, but also surpisingly flexible. Ajiro paper can bend around columns, and even turn 90-degree corners without the risk of cracking or breaking. Ajiro also uses just a fraction of the wood required for traditional paneling, making it an eco-friendly option for LEED projects or environmentally-conscious clients. The Ajiro collection is offered more than 40 options, including seven patterns and up to eight colorways.


Intrigued? View the entire Ajiro collection and order samples here.

Showroom Spotlight: Dean Warren, Scottsdale

November 30 2016


It’s no secret that the showrooms around the country that carry our wallcoverings are one of the most important parts of our business. They’re our direct line to the interior design trade, keeping us up on the latest trends and client feedback, and inspiring us with their impeccable taste and merchandising. In our new blog series, Showroom Showcase, we’ll be chatting with a new partner showroom each month, discussing things like regional trends, best-selling products, design inspiration, and more.

For our first post, we thought it only made sense to shine the spotlight on one of our newest partners, Dean Warren. The Arizona showroom might be new to us, but it's also one of the longest-standing and most-respected in the Phoenix area. We got a chance to speak to Dean Warren's showroom director, Chris Breedlove, about the style and story behind the space. 

Can you tell us a little about the history behind Dean Warren?

Dean Warren was established in 1988 by Jerry Dean Oden and Don Warren Roth. With the advent of the showroom, Dean Warren was the first showroom to bring high-end wholesale products to the Arizona market. Previous to that designers would have to travel to either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

What styles do you cater to?

Dean Warren was founded on traditional styles in fabric and furniture, but in 2005 Caroline Oden Wylie (Jerry’s only daughter) came on board as the new president. Over the period of years we have seen fewer requests for traditional styles and more of a transitional look. It seems to be what clients are asking for and based on this we are refocusing the showroom to offer those selections.

You’re one of our newest partner showrooms! How does Maya Romanoff fit into that plan?

Maya Romanoff certainly will help us cater to our needs with its fine collection of wallcoverings -- the look is up to date but it keeps with our high-end aesthetic. So far the response has been positive since the line is so well respected.

For more on our partner showrooms, check out:

Introducing our New Showrooms: Where to Find Maya Romanoff in Boston, Denver & Scottsdale

Where to Find Maya Romanoff in Boston, Denver, and Scottsdale

November 09 2016


We’re excited to announce that our collection will now be carried by three new showrooms in Boston, Denver, and Scottsdale. We always choose our showroom partners based on a shared aesthetic, commitment to quality and luxury, and dedication to customer service, and our new to-the-trade locations are the perfect partners.

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The Dean Warren Showroom in Scottsdale. Image via Dean Warren.

 

Boston

In Boston, we’ve joined M-Geough in the Boston Design Center, one of the most well-known and respected showrooms in New England. The family-owned gallery, operated by a husband-and-wife team, has been in the furniture and decor business for more than sixty years. In addition to our entire line, M-Geough represents more than twenty-five manufacturers and antiques dealers from around the world.

 

Denver

Our new location in Denver is Carter, Inc., a longstanding showroom in the Denver Design District owned by industry veteran Deb Kunert. Carter Inc. carries some of the industry’s leading manufacturers--we’re happy to hang next to brands like Julian Chichester, J. Alexander, and Victoria Hagan Home.

 

Scottsdale

Our collection is now represented by Dean Warren in Scottsdale’s Design District, a partner we chose for their reputation as a renowned showroom for both textiles and wallcoverings, offering nearly three dozen lines in the category alone, alongside furniture, lighting, and accessories.

For more information, contact your Maya Romanoff account representative. Or, for our showroom locations in other areas of the country, visit our "Where to Buy" page

How to Buy the Best Wallcoverings For your Space

November 01 2016


Among the various ways to decorate your walls, wallcoverings certainly require more commitment than most. They’re harder to change out than paint, and can be just as expensive as wall art. But if you choose your wallcoverings wisely, you’ll find yourself with a long-term design scheme you’ll love for years. Here’s how to make sure you’re choosing the best wallcoverings for your space before you take the leap.

Make Quality a Priority.

 

If you think about how long you’ll likely have wallcoverings up in your home, retail space, restaurant, etc., it’s not hard to understand why quality is important. For one, you’ll want something that can stand up to general wear and tear or on the other hand, something that looks even better over the years as it becomes more weathered. Plus, purchasing high-quality wallcoverings will typically guarantee that there's little-to-no color or pattern variation from roll-to-roll. Inexpensive wallcoverings can end up being more trouble than they’re worth if it means you have to repair or replace sections year after year, or if you end up having to purchase twice as many rolls to ensure color consistency. 

Work with a Designer.

 

Wallcoverings become an instant design focal point in a room so it’s important to be sure the one you choose is something you’ll love for a while (as we mentioned, they’re difficult to simply swap out). We always recommend working with a professional interior designer if you’re planning to hang wallcoverings for a few reasons. First, a designer can help you narrow down the pattern, color, and texture that suits your style and makes the most sense in your room. And second, interior designers have access to much larger selection of wallcoverings and papers than the general public, since many designer wallcovering lines, including Maya Romanoff, are primarily offered to-the-trade only.

Consider Function.

 

There’s more to choosing wallcoverings than picking the most beautiful backdrop for your decor -- there should be a functional element, too. Certain wallcoverings, like those made from vinyl, are better suited for high-traffic areas or commercial spaces, while those made from natural grasses,  more delicate and better reserved for residential areas and dry rooms. Others, like fabric wallcoverings made from wool, can actually provide a sound-proofing quality, improving acoustics in a room and muffling sound through walls. Asking questions about the benefits and drawbacks of any wallcovering you're considering will help ensure it makes practical sense for your space, too.

Buy Eco-Friendly Products

 

Paint can be purchased in low or no-VOC forms, and the same goes with wallcoverings. Look for products like ours that are made without formaldehyde, and that can be installed with a low-VOC adhesive, as well as options manufactured with the use of recycled materials. 

To view Maya Romanoff's complete collection of handmade wallcoverings, click here.

Visit Maya Romanoff at BDNY

October 25 2016


We’re currently counting down the days until Boutique Design New York, also known as BDNY, or as the hospitality design industry’s leading trade fair. It’s one of our favorite shows all year for a host of reasons, not the least of which include the ability to network with the industry’s creative leaders, the annual Gold Key Awards Gala, and (if we can sneak away from our booth) a chance to take in a bit of the conference portion of the show.

This year, we’re even more excited because in addition to exhibiting, we’ll also be launching a brand new collection--our largest ever--at the show. The line, called Cozy, is a joint effort with designer David Rockwell, and features six brand designs and 34 SKUs.

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The wallcovering, which is made from wool to create a felt-like effect, was inspired by David Rockwell’s original collection for us, Blanket Yarn & Stitch, which is widely used in hospitality and retail applications around the world. Cozy uses raised paint to create contemporary, linear patterns on the fabric, instead of the stitching used on the original version. The Cozy collection actually has roots in the hospitality industry, too: it was first designed as a custom product for The Virgin Hotel in Chicago.

Cozy printed woven wool wallcovering

To celebrate the launch, David Rockwell and his renowned team took over the design of our booth for BDNY, so if you’ll be at the show, be sure to stop by booth #505 to take in both the new collection and what will surely be one of the most beautiful booths on display. For a Cozy preview Click Here.

Hope to see you there!

Maya romanoff cozy collection
 

Show Information:

BDNY

November 13-14, 2016
Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, New York
http://bdny.com

Introducing the Maya Romanoff Fall 2016 Collection

October 18 2016


As a family-owned company dedicated to making indoor spaces as beautiful as can be, it should come as no surprise that fall is one of our favorite seasons around here. It signals the start of months full of holiday get-togethers in homes dressed to the nines, and luxuriating in the warmth of family gatherings in festively decked spaces. It's with that feeling in mind -- being happily enveloped inside a lovely home, that helped shape and inspire our new-for-fall collections.

In addition to adding two brand new designs, we've also refreshed three of our existing patterns with lux new colorways in shades inspired by the richness of the autumn season (yet also appropriate all year round), and we're so excited to share them with you here.

The first of the new collections, Mesa (below), is a crackled-effect covering with a matte finish, inspired by a design from the Maya Romanoff archives.  The original pattern, Grecian Crystal, debuted in the 1980s and was a staple for our brand for more than 15 years.  Like Grecian Crystal, Mesa taps Japanese crushing techniques in order to achieve its one-of-a-kind pattern.

Bravado, our other new pattern, is a mix of form and function. It combines the incomparable durability of a Type III vinyl with the richness of hand painting in a subtle crosshatch pattern. During manufacturing, the paint pools in an unpredictable, ethereal manner, which ensure each length of the wallcovering is uniquely one-of-a-kind.

Finally, three of our most-loved wallcoverings are now being offered in brand-new hues. Our signature Weathered Walls is now available in a new, contemporary range of shades like moody London Gray (seen below), saturated Bottle Green, and bright and airy Muslin.

The brilliant Weathered Metals is now offered in drama-inducing dark hues, like Gilded Bark, below. 

Finally, our True Metals collection comes in celebratory, shimmering tones of Champagne (below) and Tortoise.

 

Take a look at all of our new collections on our website, here.

A Peek at How our Handmade Wallcoverings are Created

October 18 2016


Besides the beauty and quality of our finished products, perhaps the thing we're most proud of at Maya Romanoff is the process by which our collections are made. Each length of wallcovering we offer is entirely made by hand, created by a team of craftsmen over the course of hours, and even days, until it's just right. Not only that, but it's made in the U.S.A.,too, right in the factory adjacent our offices just north of Chicago. To share a deeper insight into just how involved the handmade process can be, we interviewd David Berkowitz, our Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Development. 

In general, how long does it take to make each wall covering?

This varies, depending on the number of steps involved. The most time is spent in the set-up, which involves gathering the raw materials and mixing color. In general, it takes 1-3 days to produce each wallcovering.

Which wall covering is the most time consuming, and how long does it take to produce?

Our tie-dye wallcovering from the Anniversary Collection is one of the more laborious products that we produce. The paper is hand-tied, then, once the dyes are color matched, the hand-tied paper is dipped in dye, untied, re-tied, re-dipped, untied, ironed, and coated with a lacquer finish.

How many people typically work on each wall covering from start to finish?

Our artisans typically work in teams of two or three, and a product could be touched by numerous teams, at every step.

What sort of training does Maya Romanoff's production team go through? How long have most of them been on staff?

We are fortunate to have many employees that have been with us for over 10, 20 or 30 years. We cross train our artisans so they have the ability to work on a variety of products, adding to the versatility and flexibility of our staff, and the efficiency of our production.

Since the wallcoverings are entirely made by hand, how do you ensure quality control between one roll and the next?

As Maya said, it's one thing to make a handmade product beautiful, but the true magic is in our ability to make it over and over again with consistent results.

It boils down to establishing smart, efficient processes and techniques, cross-training our teams, and of course, building in quality control measures at every step of the process.

What is one interesting thing most people wouldn't know about the production of the Maya Romanoff collections?

The biggest surprise seems to be when designers tour our factory.  Designers are in awe and amazed when they see first hand that our products are made by hand and in the USA!

To see more about our factory and how our products are made, take our Studio Tour on YouTube!

Maya Romanoff on DesignMilk

October 03 2016


We love hosting visitors to our offices. Not only do we enjoy showing off our space (which essentially doubles as our own Maya Romanoff Museum), we love to see the reactions from our guests when they step into our factory, which is located on-site at our location just north of Chicago. Despite the fact that most of our visitors know our wallcoverings are handmade, most are still surprised to see that our “factory” is full of apron-clad artisans instead of machinery.

The only thing better than a chance to offer up an office tour is when we’re giving to someone we’re particularly in awe of ourselves. We had that chance a few weeks back when we showed the folks behind Design Milk our space. If you’re a design-lover or a member of the trade, you already know Design Milk. If you’re not, it’s one of the largest, most comprehensive and beautiful interior design websites on the Internet.

Caroline Williamson of Design Milk saw a number of our most popular wallcoverings being made firsthand, including our Bedazzled, Ajiro Fanfare and Riverbed.

Below, Bedazzled is made by applying glass beads to tacky lengths of paper. 

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Here, our Ajiro Fanfare wood veneer wallcovering is coated with Ebony paint. 

And finally, Riverbed is in progress. It's started by painting rolls of paper with heavily pigmented ink, and later blotting of excess to leave the natural-looking, one-of-a-kind design. 

For additional photos from the tour, visit the full recap on DesignMilk.com

8 Beautiful Places to Use Wallcoverings at Home

September 27 2016


There’s not a room in the house that can’t be transformed with the right wallcovering. Want to make a bold statement in your bedroom? Turn your master bath into a spa-like space? Create an entry that stops visitors in their tracks? Wallcoverings can do all this and more, adding not just color and texture, but style and personality to spots that might have lacked it before.

To prove just how transformative the right wallcovering can be, we scoured our photo archives to come up with these beautiful examples:

In the entry.

Make a lasting first impression on guests and set the scene for the rest of your home with a dramatic wallcovering that exemplifies your style. Beadazzled Leaf Wallcovering, Design by Sara Bliss for the Tiffany Suite at the St. Regis New York.

wallcoverings at home

On the ceiling.

Draw eyes up, and keep them there by forgoing the standard white ceiling for something far more memorable. We love the way our Precious Metals covering looks lining the ceiling in the dining room designed by Christine Tuttle, below.

wallpaper on the ceiling

To make over furniture.

Don’t be fooled by the name … wallcoverings don’t have to stay on the walls. Our collections make beautiful veneers for case goods, coffee tables, and credezas. Here, a table at the Grey restaurant in Savannah designed by Parts & Labor is covered in our Ajiro Chevron wood veneer.

wallcoverings on furniture

To highlight architectural details.

Make your home’s most unique features stand out even more by enveloping them in pattern, color, and texture, like these floor-to-ceiling columns, upholstered in our David Rockwell for Maya Romanoff Blanket Yarn & Stich pattern. Design by Dror Benshetrit.

Behind the vanity.

A surefire way to turn your morning routine into a morning ritual: try an uplifting, luminous wallcovering behind the vanity mirror in your bathroom. Mother of Pearl Aphrodite. Design by Clive Christian.

wallpaper in the bathroom

In the closet.

The difference between your average walk-in closet and an elevated, lounge-worthy dressing room is simply a matter of style. We love the glamorous look our Scotch & Soda Silver Lead paper looks in this space designed by Angelica Henry.

wallpaper in the closet

In hallways and staircases.

Since the walls are really the only surface available for decorating in throughways like halls and stairs, why not make the most of them with a bold, graphic veneer? Sunburst wood veneer. Design by Jacob Snavely.

Behind the bed.

A wallcovering behind the bed solifies the visial focal point of the room. In minimalist spaces, we even like using wallcoverings in place of headboards or art. Weathered Walls.

wallpaper behind the bed

For more ways to use wallcoverings in the home, visit our Pinterest page, or follow us on Instagram

5 Unexpected Materials That Make the Most Beautiful Wallcoverings

September 26 2016 | Wallcoverings & Wallpaper


When you think of materials used for wallcoverings, things like paper, vinyl, and grasscloth are likely what jump to mind. While these options are certainly lovely and among the most popular choices for decorating walls, we’ve found that pushing the envelope and testing out new and unusual wallcovering materials can lead to the most unexpected, yet stunning, results.

Here are a few examples of materials you might be surprised to learn make up some of Maya Romanoff’s most popular collections.

Seashell Wallcoverings.

Capiz shells have many applications in interior design, from lighting to furniture facades, but using them as a wallcovering is one of the more surprising. We hand-inlay the shimmering, flat shell to create our Mother of Pearl and Flexi Mother of Pearl Collections.

capiz shell wallcovering

Wool Wallcoverings.

Talk about warming up a room. Our Blanket Yarn & Stitch collection is made out of a genuine wool blend fabric and embroidered with acrylic yarn. It’s soft, textural, and luxurious, and looks perfect when used in an office or den.  

wool wallcovering

Wood Veneer Wallcoverings.

.Wood paneling has always been popular in some form or another, but it’s not the only way to add a rustic, earthy touch to your home. As a wallcovering, thin wood veneer offers a sleeker effect, plus a wider variety of color and design options (including the seven different motifs that make up our Ajiro wood veneer collection).

wood veneer wall coverings

Aluminum and Copper Wallcoverings.

Hand-inlaid, copper and scoured aluminum tiles are the foundation for our True Metals collections. The wallcovering is patinad and coated with beeswax to preserve the finish and ensure it’s equal parts stylish and hardworking.

Glass Bead Wallcoverings.

One of the most unique materials we use when creating our wallcoverings (and the one that is also the most fun to hand-make), is glass beads. To create our Bedazzled line, glass beads in a variety of sizes and patterns are adhered over capiz shell veneer or nonwoven paper.

bedazzled wallcovering

To see our entire line of unique wallcoverings, click here.

Can Wallcoverings Be Used for Soundproofing?

September 26 2016


In nine out of ten cases, the materials you use to soundproof your home or business and the ones you use to decorate it are mutually exclusive. One of the few exceptions to that rule is wallcoverings. Choosing the right surface for your walls can both enhance the beauty of your space and decrease the amount of sound that transfers through the walls and ceilings. Don't you love when form and function meet? 

 

We recently teamed up with Interior Design magazine to discuss the “hows” and “whys” of soundproof wallcoverings. We’re highlighting the key points below, but be sure to check out the entire article on their website for more details.

 

Wallcoverings can muffle sound. If you were to yell into a pillow or blanket, it wouldn’t be very loud, right? The same principle can be applied to your wallcoverings. Thick, soft materials and textiles--like our aptly named “Blanket” collection, made from beautiful woven wool--absorb sound. Design by d-ash design.

soundproof wallcoverings

Wallcoverings can amplify sound. Other wallcoverings, like our “Mother of Pearl” collection made from Capiz shells, amplify sound. You’re thinking: so would sound amplification help create a soundproof environment? Strategically-placed sound amplifiers can help improve the acoustics of a room or event space, meaning people inside the room can hear the television, an announcer or DJ, and the person across the table from them better.

soundproof wallcoverings

To view our Blanket Yarn & Stitch and Mother of Pearl lines, and our entire collection of handmade wallcoverings, click here.

Get Inspired by These 8 Gorgeous Interior Design Instagrammers

August 25 2016


While we will always love browsing our favorite shelter magazines, there's no denying that Instagram has changed the way both interior design aficionados and the industry itself shares and gathers inspiration. From behind-the-scenes shots of a top designer's latest projects, to snaps of a luxury showroom's new collection, to detail shots of hardware, textiles, and light fixtures, Instagram is now one of the most comprehensive design digests available. Not only that, but the updates and information are presented directly by some of the industry’s most influential and creative talent.

The downside, of course, is that it can be a lot harder to find these thought leaders and designers worth paying attention to on Instagram than it is to find ideas in a well-curated magazine or website. So, we did some digging through our feed to come up with a quick list of talented, stylish, and inspiring interior designers to follow on Instagram, at least in our humble opinion.

jamesthomas interiors, @jamesthomaschicago.

The Chicago-based luxury design duo showcases sneak peeks of on-going projects from Lincoln Park, to the shores of Lake Michigan, to Park City, Utah, and beyond, but we also love shots of their finds from shopping trips.

Campion Platt, @campionplatt

The best part of the author and designer’s account is the expertly curated selection of art, decor, and furniture picks he shares, along with updates on his firm’s work to restore the Audobon Island Sanctuary in Palm Beach, Florida.

Fredman Design Group, @FredmanDesignGroup

While you won’t find much in the way of behind-the-scenes here, Fredman Design Groups has one of the best Instagram accounts to follow for transitional interiors inspiration: it’s full of polished, perfectly styled home shots.

Ally Coulter, @AllyCoulter
Ally Coulter showcases a little bit of everything the design world has to offer, like scenes from her work with Fendi Casa, her stunning home, her client projects, and visits to international design trade shows.

Kendall Wilkinson Interiors, @kwilkinsonSF
In addition to press photos, candid snaps from photo shoots, and muses for her textile line with Fabricut, it’s fun to get a glimpse at designer Kendall Wilkinson’s chic and stylish personal life in California.

Elizabeth Kohn Design, @elizabethkohndesign
The New-York based designer gives dreamy glimpses of all the Big Apple and the Hamptons have to offer, from SoHo lofts, to Sagaponack farm houses, to world-class shopping, sources, and showrooms. We love this powder room snap featuring our Meditations paper.

 

Smith Firestone Associates, @sfadesign
The firm’s account is like a quick tutorial on all things high-end design. We especially appreciate the diversity of projects they showcase, which include dream-home worthy private residences, commercial properties like the Arizona Biltmore, and even luxury yachts.

 

Mitchell Channon, @mitchell_channon_design

Another fellow Chicagoan, we turn to Mitchell to keep us posted about local industry events, and we look forward to recaps of his weekly blog posts, which often feature interviews with industry heavyweights and emerging stars.

Who are you favorite interior designers to follow on Instagram?

 



 

Black Wallpaper Designs That’ll Inspire you to Cross Over to the Dark Side

August 24 2016


In fashion, black is considered a classic choice; a sophisticated neutral that pairs well with nearly anything. When it comes to interior design, on the other hand paint, black is often a bolder option--especially when it comes to paint, wallpaper, and wallcoverings. Yet ultimately, even in large, daring doses on the walls, shades of ebony, ink, and charcoal still manage to bring an air of elegance to a room. The fact that black walls can be both unexpected and daring yet timeless and chic all at once is exactly what we love most about the look and the idea that inspired our latest all-black wallcovering collection, Ebony.

If you’re in search of a bold and beautiful alternative to neutral wall coverings in white and gray, consider black. It’ll bring a richness and depth to your space like few other shades can. To get you feeling inspired to cross over to the dark side, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite black wallpaper and wallcovering designs, below.

Fanfare Wood Veneer in Ebony. The subtle sheen and texture of a wood veneer wallcovering like Fanfare softens up the look of a black wall and adds light reflecting dimension. Use it to create a high-contrast accent wall against a white plush white bed, or as a way to transform a simple powder room into a stylish statement.

Abacadazzle Hand-Woven Abaca Wallcovering in Black. The perfect way to offset a saturated, light-absorbing shade of black is with illuminating, light-reflecting metallics. The Abacadazzle wall covering does both: It’s created with Abaca fibers interwoven with metallic thread for a dazzling, luminous result. Design by Mark Fuller for Sanctum Soho.

Ajiro Chevron in Ebony. For contemporary spaces, the combination of black-hued wood veneer and an of-the-moment herringbone pattern is hard to beat. Another reason to choose it for modern design: the texture of the wallcovering will add warmth to sleek spaces.

maya romanoff black wallcovering
 

Braided Hemp in Black (Custom color). The artisanal, dimensional quality of our Braided Hemp wallcovering makes black feel especially rich. We love it paired with equally glamorous details like velvet and sheepskin. Or, play off of the earthiness of the design (it’s made with woven hemp and Lotka paper) by pairing it with natural elements like burled wood, hide, and marble.

Weathered Metals in Ebony. The one-of-a-kind organic pattern of our Weathered Metals wallcovering in a statement-making black hue will create an instant focal point in any room. A bonus: metallic pigment gives the paper a shimmering, ethereal quality.

Riverbed in Ebony. Resembling petrified wood, the organic, one-of-a-kind Riverbed pattern incorporates shades of pale gray, which softens the overall impact of black walls.

Ajiro Sunburst Wood Veneer in Gunmetal. For a less saturated, yet equally eye-catching alternative to pure black we love tones of charcoal, like the gunmetal wood veneer wallcovering seen here in the tea room of the St. Regis Hotel in Houston, Texas. Note how the dark wall color makes the bright orange hues in the room pop. Design by Forrest Perkins for St. Regis Dallas.


 

For more black wallpaper designs, view the entire Ebony collection here. For inspiration from the rest of our collection of handmade wallcoverings, visit our gallery page.