Constantin Boym
Russian, born 1955
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Constantin Boym,
NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,
Museum of Arts and Design

Moscow-born artist Constantin Boym emigrated to the United States in 1981 though a loophole in Soviet policy—since then, his furniture and product design has been distinguished by a fascination with the once-forbidden American culture. Boym studied architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute and later received his Master’s in design from Domus Academy in Milan. In 1986, he established a design studio in New York City, where he collaborates with his wife, Laurene Leon Boym, on designs for tableware, watches, furniture, lighting, and exhibition installations. Both Boym and his wife are of Russian-Jewish heritage; from their cultural perspective, they make social commentaries on America—often humorous ones—through the reappropriation and redesign of everyday objects and concepts (like their design for McDonald’s restaurants, which is intended to make the adult’s experience on par …

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