Maynard Hale Lyndon began drawing, painting, and making models in his childhood. Ever since, architecture and industrial design have been at the center of his entrepreneurial and corporate adventures, including the award-winning toy store he founded (Santa Monica,1967), and positions he held as Director of Product Development for Creative Playthings (Princeton); Forms&Surfaces (Santa Barbara); and Design Research (Boston).
Maynard and his wife Lu Wendel Lyndon (ongoing collaborator, visionary, and critic) founded Placewares in 1978, Boston, and their product design firm, LyndonDesign, in 1983. Upon returning to northern California’s Sea Ranch, the couple opened their Placewares design store in Gualala in 2005—and added their fine arts gallery with a focus on architecture and design. And, after 38 years, the Lyndons sold Placewares in 2016. But LyndonDesign remains as a vehicle to design products & environments & exhibits, and as a studio/workshop for continuing to develop and produce art and books.
Beginning about 2008, Maynard began making what he calls Looking Boxes—one of a kind 3D boxes housing layers of his own photographs, creating memories and images of places and things juxtaposed. His Looking Boxes have been exhibited in several galleries and have sold in the hundreds. Maynard also accepts commissions wherein he produces Looking Boxes which incorporate the photographs supplied by his clients. Starting in 2010, he began photographing his completed Looking Boxes and printing those composite images on aluminum panels—what he calls Looking Panels. These have also been well received and are also available on this website, http://www.lookingboxes.com