Robert initially trained as a silversmith at the Australian National University School of Art, and enjoys a reputation as a skilled hollowware maker. Primarily working with aluminum, titanium and stainless steel, he combines such nontraditional alloys with other materials as diverse as plastics, stone, ceramics and glass.
He established F!NK & Co. in 1993, which is based on colorful, durable, anodized aluminum. The company has over 30 distinctive products—proudly Australian designed and made—that are stocked in prestigious design stores, notably the MoMA Store and V&A Shop.
F!NK won the 2005 Small to Medium Manufacturer Award in the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards and was a finalist in the 2005 Austrade Australian Export Awards. F!NK was also featured in Australian Design as part of the 2010 London Design Festival.
Robert Foster has been represented in COLLECT (London) since 2004 and continues to exhibit worldwide. His lighting installation The Journey (2010) received the 2011 ACT Architecture Award for Lighting and the IES Award of Excellence. Foster’s works are held in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.