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The Australian National University

Robert Foster

1986
Workshop: Gold-and-Silversmithing

Robert Foster founded F!NK in 1993 to manufacture beautifully-designed and innovative household objects, F!NK is not just a showcase for Foster’s internationally-renowned exhibition pieces, but a production house for the work of an increasing pool of young designers, and a name synonymous with spirited and distinctive Australian design.

Lauded as works of exemplary contemporary design in the world’s major arts institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, F!NK objects offer more than just striking visual appeal and design innovation. The functional performance and quality of production and finishing are palpably important to the artists and the studio. It comes as no surprise that Foster was originally trained more than two decades ago as a metalsmith and has worked overseas with some of the world’s leading design houses: Alessi (design and prototyping of teapots in 1996 and 2000) and Ingo Maurer (lighting prototypes in 2000).

Supremely functional but never mundane, no two F!NK pieces are exactly the same; every design is a work of art and none is mass-produced. Each article is created in relatively small batches of 20 to 100 units at a time, and each is individually hand-finished in the F!NK studio/workshop.

F!NK is the promise of modern design excellence, uniting the utmost respect for the design ethic, the quality craftsmanship of yesterday’s artisans, the innovation of modern manufacturing techniques and the wit and rigour of designer-founder Robert Foster.

It is crucial to educate the Australian and international public about the value of outstanding design and high quality products.” Robert Foster


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