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Michael Boyd

is a furniture, landscape, interior, and architectural designer based in Los Angeles. He is the principal of BoydDesign, a consultancy for the restoration and preservation of modernist architecture, and for collecting modern art and design. His most notable restorations include Paul Rudolph’s Rudolph Townhouse (1975) in New York City and Oscar Niemeyer’s only North American built work besides the U.N. Complex, the Strick House (1964) in Santa Monica. Boyd is the founder of and designer for PLANEfurniture, a line of architectural furnishings that has been selected for the permanent collections of SFMOMA, The Palm Springs Museum, and the UCSB Gebhard Art + Architecture Archives. He is an internationally renowned collector and a widely published expert on 20th century design and post-war Modernism. He has contributed numerous essays to publications on modernism, including The Migration of Modernism: From Turn-of-the-Century Vienna to Mid-Century Los Angeles for Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Mid-Century (Prestel, 2007), Chasing Modern: Ideal and Object for Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House/Boyd Collection (Rizzoli, 2007), R.M. Schindler: Furniture as Micro-Architecture, for RM Schindler: The Gingold Commissions (William Stout Publishers, 2007). Boyd is featured in Collecting Design by Adam Lindeman (Taschen, 2011). On Restoring Modernism: the Purist and the Pragmatist for Mid-Century Modern Complete (Thames and Hudson, 2014). He is editor of Making LA Modern | Craig Ellwood | Myth, Man, Designer (Rizzoli, 2018)

EXHIBITIONS

• Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd, SFMOMA
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, Orange County Museum of Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Oakland Museum of California, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
RM Schindler: the Gingold Commissions, Los Angeles Modern Auctions/Reform Gallery
Gunta Stolzl: Bauhaus Weaver, Christopher Farr, London/Los Angeles
Venus Revisited: the photography of Wingate Paine, Arch Modernist Gallery, Venice, CA.


HISTORICAL MODERN ARCHITECTURE RESTORATION + LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROJECTS:
• Craig Ellwood Steinman House 1956
• John Lautner Chemosphere Complex 1960
• Oscar Niemeyer Strick House 1964
• Thornton Ladd House for a Writer 1965
• Paul Rudolph Rudolph Penthouse 1975
• Richard Neutra Kaufman House 1937
• John Lautner Harvey House 1950
• RM Schindler McAlmon House 1935
• Richard Neutra Wirin House 1949
• John Lautner Foster House 1950
• Richard Neutra Sten-Frenke House, 1934
• Quincy Jones Nordlinger House #1, 1948
• William Wurster Helen D. Rich House, 1940

NEW ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS
Shed House, 2016, (with Laurel Broughton)
WENDE MUSEUM, 2016 (with Christian Kienapfel)

PLANEfurniture EXHIBITIONS
types + prototypes, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, 2012, featuring furniture and objects • re:Visions, Hedge Gallery, San Francisco, 2014, featuring furniture and objects
C O N T I N U U M, JF Chen, Los Angeles, 2015

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
New West Coast Design, Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, 2012
• (dec)curation, R Gallery, New York, 2014

PLANEfurniture IN INSTITUTIONAL PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
• SFMOMA
• Palm Springs Museum
• Art Museum, UCSB, Gebhard Archives, (ADC) Architecture + Design Collection

For information or an appointment, contact info@ BoydDesign.com


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