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Millennium Modern

Living in Design
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From artworks and chairs to architecture, landscaping and interior design, Michael Boyd's devotion to the principles of modernism is comprehensive. An artist and musician, he acquired his expertise as a collector, surrounding himself with rare and beautiful finds. His immersion in the philosophy and creativity of the masters inspired him to restore a succession of classic modern houses, curate exhibitions, create a versatile range of furniture and rugs, and design sculptural gardens. Millennium Modern: Living in Design details his work across the first two decades of the new millennium and reflects his belief that the tenets of modernism - honesty and simplicity - developed more than a century ago, are equally relevant to our pluralistic age. In contrast to the pioneers who wanted to do away with the past, his creations are deeply rooted in the history of design. Essays by Boyd and architectural writer Michael Webb, along with comments from collaborators and critics, explore each facet of his residential design. This beautifully illustrated volume reveals Boyd's holistic design practice from his discovery of design classics in flea markets, to his own furniture designs, which feature in residential interiors, hotels and museums, through to his sensitive restoration of the houses by Paul Rudolph and Oscar Niemeyer, Richard Neutra and Craig Ellwood, and the sculptural landscapes he designed to enhance these residences, as well as masterpieces by John Lautner.
Originally a film music composer, Michael Boyd is a major collector and curator of modernist design based in California, who has evolved into becoming a successful artist and designer of contemporary modernist homes, furniture and landscapes. Michael Webb is a Los Angeles-based writer who has authored more than twenty-five books on architecture and design, most recently Architects' Houses, and Building Community: New Apartment Architecture.
Foreword by Roman Alonso, Principal of Commune Design; Introduction by Michael Webb; Collecting Modernism; Restoring Modernist Houses; Designing from the Ground Up; Rethinking the Chair; Designing Abstract Rugs; Collaborating with Commune; Enhancing Museums; Saving a Jean Prouve Schoolroom; Landscaping Outdoor Rooms; Michael Boyd: Living in Design.
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