Tony Lee, Boyd and Modernism
Boyd and Modernism
Interview with Tony Lee
Filmed by Tribal Media
Contributor: Heritage Victoria
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Tony Lee talks about Robin Boyd’s relationship with Modernism.
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Tony Lee is the Executive Director of the Robin Boyd Foundation. He is an architect and has been involved with the Foundation since its inception. Tony is currently researching the work of Robin Boyd and compiling a catalogue of Boy’s work which will be published by the Foundation later this year. He is also creating a database of original drawings, photographs and interviews with original clients and building owners that will be available on the Robin Boyd Foundation's website.
I think Boyd was a functional modernist.
He was also a very emotive modernist in that his work exhibits all of the aspects of modernism that most people, or most architects, are renowned for.
There's an honest use of materials, there's very open planning, that reflects sort of lifestyle.
But where Boyd was different to many of the other people of his era, he had an innate understanding of his client's aspirations and lifestyles.
So he designed the houses that really reflected what people wanted.
And quite often, it's interesting, when you're talking with people who commissioned a house from Boyd, they'll say that he delivered what they wanted, but he then took them beyond that into places they didn't really anticipate going.
But he knew how far to push each particular client and work within their expectations and allowances, which was very unique.
It'd be very hard to attribute one house to Boyd as his most successful.
Over his career of 30 years, there's quite a number of outstanding houses - Walsh Street, this house, being one of them.
There's also the Featherston House, which he designed in Ivanhoe for friends and colleagues Grant and Mary Featherston.
There's a wonderful house in Kew called the 'Haughton James House'.
There's quite an incredible body of work that Robin undertook, and, in their own ways, many of these houses are quite exceptional.
I always feel it's incredibly special sitting in this house of Robin's because one just gets such an appreciation of the work that Robin undertook and what he was trying to do in terms of creating a beautiful but functional living environment.