In the 60s, an invitation to 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra was one of the most coveted invitations in Melbourne.
People were in awe when this address was uttered. It was a rare occurrence to be invited to the house that Robin Boyd designed for his family in 1957 and that has since won a lot of recognition. It is said to be his most acclaimed work.
Robin Boyd (1919 – 1971) is arguably the most influential architect there has been in Australia. He was passionate about good design and devoted his life to creating a wider understanding of it’s benefits.
The design world in Melbourne embraced the essence of the international modern movement in Australian architecture at Walsh Street in South Yarra. Boyd, who had met an untimely death, was a true visionary of urban design, a writer, teacher and social commentator who still has a strong influence on modernist Australian architecture.
To this day, the iconic house inspires architects, designers and other design-focused organisations around Australia. For this reason, we invited an intimate group of Melbourne designers to join us for an evening of design, innovation and creativity at this unique property, now part of the Boyd Foundation, where sparks of design insights ignite and the spirit of betterment for our society lives on.
The evening commenced with an in-depth and fascinating history on Robin Boyd and Walsh House by ‘Friend of the Boyd Foundation’ Alan Pert, followed by a tour of the residence.
Larry Yuen, President – Kohler K&B Group Global, focused his presentation on our diverse stewardship programs around the world and the Asia Pacific Bold. Art. program which was launched with 13 new young artists last December in Shanghai.
The food was supplied by resident caterers, Cutler & Co, and special guest speaker, Executive Chef, Casey McDonald shared with us his take on design and creativity when it comes to food and the creation of menu’s.
More than 40 guests and our team truly felt the flow of creativity in this special place.
ADDENDUM … The release of Robin Boyd designed furniture
June 2017 – we have just heard that the Robin Boyd legacy lives on with KFive launching Boyd-designed furniture in conjunction with the Robin Boyd Foundation!