Constantin Boym was born in Moscow, Russia in 1955, where he graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute. In 1984-85 he earned a degree of Master in Design from Domus Academy in Milan.
In 1986 he founded Boym Partners Inc in New York City, which he runs together with Laurene Leon Boym. Boym Partners Inc brings a critical, experimental approach to a range of products and environments that infuse humor and wit into the everyday. The studio’s designs are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Boym Partners was a winner of the National Design Award in 2009. The studio is a recipient of eight I.D. Magazine Annual Design Awards, including the Best of Category in 2000. In 2014 Constantin Boym received an honorary doctorate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
A book devoted to the work of Boym Partners, Curious Boym: Design Works, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002; it received an I.D. Magazine Award the following year. Boym’s new book Keepsakes: A Design Memoir was published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2015.
From 1987 to 2000 Boym was a teacher and program coordinator at Parsons School of Design. In 2010-12 Boym served as Director of Graduate Design Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
Since July 2015 Boym serves as Professor and Chair of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York.
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