Victorian Modern by Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd published his first book ‘Victorian Modern: 111 years of modern architecture in Victoria’ in 1947. This is a Limited Edition facsimile reprint, published by The Robin Boyd Foundation in 2011.
This is a Limited Edition facsimile reprint, published by The Robin Boyd Foundation in 2011.
Robin Boyd published his first book ‘Victorian Modern: 111 years of modern architecture in Victoria’ in 1947. Just before he died, in 1971, Robin Boyd was preparing to republish his first book, Victorian Modern. On the fortieth anniversary of his death, the Robin Boyd Foundation completed the project.
‘Victorian Modern was not just a landmark piece of Victoria’s architectural history, it was also a visual tour-de-force, revealing Boyd’s skills as a graphic artist and his love affair with typography.’
Professor Philip Goad. Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.
In a manner that characterises the style of Robin’s future writings and lectures, ‘Victorian Modern’ first reviews the history and development of architectural design in Victoria before proposing an approach for the future – in this case ‘The Victorian Type’ a well designed and affordable modern home. ‘Victorian Modern’ was the first book to identify and document the importance of architects such as Harold Desbrowe-Annear, Robert Haddon and Walter Burley Griffin. In their innovative designs that responded to materiality, landscape, place and the Australian lifestyle Robin identified the qualities that he felt should be the basis for development of the next generation of houses to be designed for the 1950s. Design qualities that still resonate and influence us today as the basis for good design.
“Victorian Modern’ is a very beautiful book. It was designed by Robin using a number of different typefaces, presented on a variety of paper stocks, and illustrated with contemporary photographs together with Robin’s own delightful sketches. It is indeed rare to find a copy today, as it is so cherished by those fortunate to have retained their original or those lucky enough to source a copy second-hand. For those who know of it without a copy it is highly sought after and deserving to be introduced to current generations who may not yet be aware of it.
‘Victorian Modern is a timely reminder of Boyd’s enormous contribution, his passion and his love of architecture. It is a clarion call to return architecture and good design to a rightful pre-eminent role.’
The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA, Premier of Victoria