Robin Boyd came to notice in the late 1940s for his promotion of inexpensive, functional, partially prefabricated homes incorporating modernist aesthetics. Although most of his architectural output was residential, he produced more than 250 house designs, he also designed some larger buildings including Domain Park apartments and John Batman Motor Inn, both in Melbourne. From 1947-1953 he was the first director of the small Home Service, Royal Victorian Institute of Architects, operating in conjunction with The Age newspaper to provide designs for inexpensive houses incorporating architectural features and rational planning. Published in The Age newspaper, for which he wrote weekly articles, plans were sold to the public for a small fee.
A prolific and influential writer, commentator, educator and public speaker, Boyd wrote nine books including Australia’s Home (1952) and the Australian Ugliness (1960), which brought him widespread recognition. He was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1969. Domain Park is Robin Boyd’s most visible Melbourne Landmark. Reflecting his interest in the work of Walter Gropius and TAC’s Interbau housing, Berlin of 1957, Japanese Metabolist notions of stacked trays of living space and also Paul Rudolph’s similar formal concerns for spatial platforms, the building contains a variety of plan types and rooftop penthouses, all served by lift towers which rise high above the roof line. The north facade is a free and abstract composition of glazed balconies, recessed bays and the leading edge of each floor slab.
Established in 2005, aims to deepen understanding of the benefits of design through design awareness, design literacy and design advocacy. The foundation continues the work and spirit of Robin Boyd through an active, innovative and ongoing series of public learning programs developed to increase individual and community awareness, understanding and participation in design.
Is an Australian company wholesaling and distributing Australian and international designer furniture. The company understands the value of creative collaborations with architects and designers, not only in the joy and learning it s, but in its value providing new opportunities to emerging designers. To maintain interest in the Boyd Collection, maintain its market appeal and promote Australian design, each year a designer will be invited to design a new range of fabrics for the collection.
KFive + Kinnarps is an Enthusiastic supporter of the Robin Boyd Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of pieces in the Boyd Collection will be donated to the foundation