- Article by Online Editor
The architectural legacy of Robin Boyd is indisputable. Despite this, his elegant and practical furniture designs have been unknown, until now. The newly released collection of furniture, designed by the late architect, has been thoughtfully brought to life by Australian furniture distributor KFive + Kinnarps, together with the Robin Boyd Foundation.
Originally designed to furnish the architect’s iconic Walsh Street house, which is now home to the Boyd Foundation, the pieces are the embodiment of what Boyd stood for – beautiful, functional and accessible in price. Manufactured locally in Melbourne, Boyd’s philosophy has been a driving force throughout the process. Each piece has been faithfully produced to the same specifications and materials as the originals, with recently found drawings as a reference. Each piece is an expression of the creativity and versatility of his work and is a testament to his design principles of durability, quality and clarity of form. The Boyd Collection is a study of stripped back elegance and comfort with everyday use in mind.
The collection is the culmination of a long-standing friendship between KFive’s CEO Erna Walsh and Boyd Foundation CEO Tony Lee. It is the pair’s respect and continuation of Boyd’s advocacy work that has propelled the partnership and production of the new furniture collection.
The range is edited to a select number of pieces, including a three-seat sofa and chair constructed in Australian hardwood and upholstered in Australian wool fabrics. This collection is accompanied by a dining and coffee table, again made with Australian hardwood timber and topped with durable and sustainable cork tiles. All of the pieces are true to the original drawings that were uncovered at Walsh Street house, with the dining table available in a range of sizes to suit a variety of needs.
The collection is available for viewing online or by appointment at KFive + Kinnarps’ showrooms. The range will continue to grow with the addition of new furniture pieces that have never been seen before.