Multifarious - Maya Romanoff's Grand Canvas

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Like the art of Maya Romanoff, this book is awash in colors, surprises, and new ideas that will open readers’ eyes to the possibilities of interior spaces. Bound in hand-crafted Anniversary Collection wallcovering, each copy is a live representation of Maya’s art.

Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas showcases the work of the man once known as Multifarious Maya, who burst onto the American design scene as a wunderkind in the 1960s when he took his quirky obsession with hand-dyeing fabric and created a line of high-fashion clothes. Fast Company magazine dubbed him “the man who made tie-dye hip for non-hippies.” Then he switched to embellishing entire rooms to create spectacular spaces—walls, ceilings, and floors—never before imagined. Space was his grand canvas. Akin to British designer William Morris more than a century before, Romanoff believed in the value of handcrafted art; his medium was wallcoverings. He collaborated with artisans all over the world to create one-of-a-kind designs, but was dedicated to keeping American handmade vibrant, a pursuit that continues in the 40,000-square-foot Maya Romanoff studio near Chicago. Fittingly, each book is wrapped in handmade paper made in Romanoff’s studio.

The book was produced by CityFiles Press, a Chicago-based publishing company that creates one critically-acclaimed art book a year. The company specializes in telling stories through words and pictures. Since its inception in 2004, CityFiles has produced long-lasting books that have emotional and artistic impact. CityFiles Press recently published books on Edgar Miller, an artistic genius who filled Chicago homes with art, and on Vivian Maier, the “nanny photographer” whose work has been embraced worldwide.

A portion of the proceeds will go to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, in honor of Maya Romanoff’s long battle with Parkinson’s disease, and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.

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