"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. -- Understanding design. Robin Boyd Foundation.