WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
“Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams offers the world a peek into the late designer’s illustrious career, from a tie-die obsession in the 1960s to the beginnings of his family firm.
Legendary designer Richard “Maya” Romanoff (1941-January 15, 2014) left an indubitable mark on walls. Under his creative eye, unlikely materials such as shells, glass, and precious metals entered into the world of wallcoverings—with dazzling results. A master at reflecting light, Romanoff often created products that sparkled and shimmered.
The biography Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams will offer the world a peek into this designer’s illustrious career, from his tie-die obsession in the 1960s to the beginnings of his family firm Maya Romanoff Corporation to collaborations with renowned artists.
Each book is wrapped in Romanoff handmade paper. Pages are bursting with color, with photos of material from Romanoff’s design studio such as paint-splashed recipe cards—his method of recording designs—and color swatches used for dye experimentation.”
“The beloved wallpaper designer’s work and life are beautifully rendered in this new coffee table book called Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas.
In a scrapbook style, with photos of the man, his work, and his notes, Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas, tells the story of this unique designer, whose given name was Richard but who preferred to be called Multifarious Maya (a nickname given to him by an Indian guru during one of his trips overseas).
Romanoff parlayed an interest in tie-dyeing fabric in the 1960s into a line of vividly colored and tactile luxury wallpapers that are still handmade in Skokie today. (Fast Company dubbed him “the man who made tie-dye hip for non-hippies”.)”
“The family-owned company’s range of wares also includes tiles and mirrors, as well as imaginative wall coverings by Swarovski, interior decorators Amy Lau and Roger Thomas, and architect David Rockwell. Many of these designs, as well as Romanoff’s trajectory from counterculture artisan (an Indian guru dubbed him Multifarious Maya) to patriarch of American style, are featured in the forthcoming book Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas (CityFiles Press). Whether opulent or funky, his work has one thing in common: “It’s got to be beautiful,” Romanoff often said. “That’s the only thing that counts.”
“In the 1960s, Chicago-based wallcovering extraordinaire Maya Romanoff was known as fashion designer Multifarious Maya, dubbed by Fast Company magazine as “the man who made tie-dye hip for non hippies.” A new monographed, entitled Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas, documents the illustrious artist’s life as he switched canvases—from decorating humans to entire spaces—in a picture-rich, biographical art book.”
“Like the meticulous work that goes into each of Romanoff’s immaculate wallcoverings, this book is saturated with homages to the renowned designer. From the beautiful macro stills of his work to the intimate details of his inspirations, every page is a testament to Romanoff’s significant contribution to the world of art and design.”
“Plunge into the visionary, spectacular world of Maya Romanoff by snagging a copy of Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas ($75) by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Hot off CityFiles Press this March, the book is a richly illustrated story of one of the world’s most talented designers. A 1960s fashion designer credited with popularizing tie-dye, Romanoff found his calling in 1969 when he began creating colorful, richly textured wallcoverings. Multifarious chronicles Romanoff’s artistic, often maverick, use of items such as glass beads, mother of pearl, sparkle dust, and wood as surface materials. You’ll likely soon spot it on any design-savvy friend’s coffee table.”
“In the works for two years, the first biography and retrospective of Maya Romanoff and his work, Multifarious: Maya Romanoff’s Grand Canvas, was released earlier this year by CityFiles Press. A coffee-table-style volume, it contains an insight into the man who thought that “the core of it all” was that ‘it’s got to be beautiful.'”
“Fifty years from now, Maya Romanoff will still matter. The work is so unique. Nobody does it as well.”