Foundation News and Events

Boyd Collection Launch

We are delighted to introduce The Boyd Collection – original furniture designs by Robin Boyd. In 1958, when Robin Boyd designed 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, the house was furnished simply, with pieces designed by Boyd himself: two sofas, a dining table, two coffee tables, a sideboard and a daybed. Each, a masterpiece of crafted furniture, beautiful and...
Sat June 24th

Walsh Street Twilight Tour

Experience Walsh Street 'Walsh Street', the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, is his most well-known work. It has been extensively published both nationally and internationally as an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture and a house that continues to influence architectural thinking. It is now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation....
Thu August 10th @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Design Insight – Architecture Awards 2017

Design Insight Evening– Tuesday 15th August  This evening offers a comprehensive insight into the 2017 Architecture Award winning projects, design concept, principles and realisation. We will be hosting a Design Discussion at Walsh Street on Tuesday August 15 (6.30pm start) where architects will present and discuss their projects. The presentation format...
Tue August 15th @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DADo Film Society

DADo is the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation and dedicated to films on architecture, design + urbanism Session 4: 16 August ARCHI x FASHION: Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1989, Dir. Wim Wenders, 81 mins, English | Japanese | French with English subtitles. This “diary film” as Wenders called it, investigates the similarities of his craft,...
Wed August 16th @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Open Day – Architecture Awards 2017

OPEN DAY Sunday 20th August, 2017 10am – 4pm The Australian Institute of Architects recognise the best buildings completed in the preceding year in their annual Awards program. The Robin Boyd Foundation in co-operation with the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter is pleased to host this tour of outstanding Awarded and Shortlisted projects...
Sun August 20th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Boyd Meets Girl

Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf – Boyd Meets Girl 31st August and September 1st 2017 Doors Open 6pm Concert 6.30 – 7.30pm Event Finish 8.30pm Walsh Street will serve as the backdrop for a concert to be given by one of Boyd’s grandchildren, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and his wife, Laura Metcalf. Boyd Meets Girl perform arrangements and original...
Thu August 31st - Fri September 1st

Please enjoy this film short of a dinner party recently hosted at Walsh Street by KFive + Kinnarps to celebrate the launch of The Boyd Collection

For more detailed information on the furniture collection, visit the website:

Walsh Street can be enjoyed by individuals and organisations who become partners of the Foundation.

To discuss becoming a Partner, please contact

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Foundation partnerships

As a Foundation Partner you will benefit from a brand alignment that expresses your commitment to Australian design and innovation. As well as marketing opportunities to the Foundation’s constituency – a fast growing group of Australians passionate about supporting good design – we offer a range of exclusive benefits to Foundation Partners.

In addition to our design education programmes, Walsh Street is host to product launches, corporate dinners, fashion shows, music concerts, staff training days, workshops, board meetings and much more.

Volunteering with us

Open Days

Our Open Day volunteers are an essential factor in making these inspirational and educational tours an ongoing success. Volunteers assist on the day with House supervision, ticket collection and general safety supervision. In addition to being part an integral part of the event and our visitors experience, all volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to tour the Open Day.


Through our activities and donations, the Foundation pays down the mortgage of Walsh Street to ensure this iconic building continues to be a source of inspiration and an intrinsical part of Melbourne’s design DNA and discourse. If you would like to submit a proposal to host a Walsh Street fundraising event, please do get in touch. Further information can be found on our fundraising page.


Our Housekeeping Volunteers ensure that the house is properly preserved, cleaned and maintained to the highest standards. This role gives a unique insight into the daily condition of the house, and carries with it, the responsibility to report back regularly so that household maintenance requirements can be noted and attended to.


The Garden Volunteers are a vital part of ensuring that Walsh Street and its legacy is preserved for years to come. Assisting with the presentation and care of the garden to the highest standards whilst nurturing and preserving Boyd’s emphasis of the relationship between indoors and outdoors.

Marketing & admin

The Marketing & Admin Volunteers allow the development and growth of the Robin Boyd Foundation. They vitally assist with public programs, forums and Open Day events through general administration, communication, event promotion, database upkeep and ticketing management.

Archives & Collections

Working with our Archives & Collections Volunteers offers the opportunity for you to become involved with the Robin Boyd Collection, through volunteering, or undertaking an internship, this opportunity allows those volunteers to become an engaged part of the 60 year history of Walsh Street.

Join our vibrant volunteer community

Tell us a bit about yourself and which of the volunteering areas interest you.

Friends of the Foundation

Our Friends are an important part of the Walsh Street family. Friends subscription allows us to further engage and reward our supporters whilst helping us to raise funds towards the running costs of Walsh Street, enabling us to open Robin Boyd’s iconic family home to the general public. To invite speakers to challenge and inspire us. To maintain and care for this incredible house and gardens and to offer Open Day experiences that are often a special one-off opportunity.

Principal partners

Partners – Design Leaders

Thanks also go to all previous partners, founding partners, supporters, friends and volunteers. Without this support network, the Robin Boyd Foundation would simply cease to exist. Thank you.