MICHAEL BOYD / 1960-PRESENT
Michael Boyd is the principal of BoydDesign, a consultancy for the restoring and preserving of modernist architecture, and collecting modern art and design. His most notable restorations are the Paul Rudolph Townhouse (1975) in New York City and the Oscar Niemeyer Strick House (1964) in Santa Monica.
He has contributed numerous articles and essays to modernism publications, including Chasing Modern: Ideal and Object for Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House/Boyd Collection (2007) (Rizzoli), which is being issued in French by Chene Publishers, under the title Le Style Moderniste: La Collection Boyd/La Maison Niemeyer (2008), and Furniture as Micro-Architecture for R.M. Schindler: The Gingold Commissions (2008) (William Stout Publishers).
His collection along with his wife, Gabrielle, was the subject of a museum exhibition at SFMOMA in 1998, entitled Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd (Rizzoli). He has contributed an essay, Fluid Form and Social Concern: The Furniture of Oscar Niemeyer, for the upcoming Taschen publication on Oscar Niemeyer. Boyd serves as an advisor to several museums and institutions regarding modern design and architecture, and 20th century decorative arts, including: LACMA, MoMA, SFMOMA, Orange County Museum of Art, The Wolfsonian, and MaK, Vienna. He regularly lectures and appears on panels for museums and auction houses including Christie’s and Sotheby’s.