Rob Bamford talk at ‘Smart works: design and the handmade’ symposium

Rod Bamford – who believes that compromise ‘ can lead to a fresh solution – aims to combine his interests in art, design and industry to make tableware for contemporary Australian food. Since 1993 he has worked with Janine Brody, at their Cone Nine Designstudio on the NSW Central Coast.

In 1998 Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi-Hughes approached Bamford to help design a suite of contemporary coffee cups and also a range of tableware for their Sydney restaurant, Bel Mondo. Bamford made prototypes by hand and in digital format and the Manfredis took the project to first, the Royal Thai Porcelain factory and later Monno Ceramic Industries Limited, in Bangladesh.

In 2005 Bamford was awarded an Australia Council grant to develop industrial production techniques to make his own limited edition production ware.