March 15, 2012

I was recently invited to a dinner at a very special house in Walsh St, South Yarra (VIC), designed and built by the late great Robin Boyd in 1959 – a time where modernity of thinking and living was emerging from a significant (and stifling) period of conservatism. And Boyd balances the two perspectives to great effect throughout the home, which is humble yet very glamorous; innovative yet supremely practical.

Now property of the Robin Boyd Foundation and only opened on special occasions, it was wonderful privilege to briefly ‘live’ in such an amazing space. The home was as much a family residence as it was the melting pot for Melbourne’s social and political power players in the 60’s, and I couldn’t help but think of all the extraordinary individuals that shared the same table when Boyd himself was present – a rare experience I won’t soon forget.

Author: Nick tobias