Canberra mourns the death of Robert Foster

Nic Crowther
Thu 14 Jul

Canberra’s arts community is in mourning following the death of Robert Foster, designer and founder of Fink and Co Design.



Foster, 53, was part of yesterday’s two-car accident on Kings Highway just east of Queanbeyan. For more than 20 years, the ANU graduate has been lauded as the city’s most important designer and his famous piece of tableware, the iconic Water Jug which has become a staple of Canberra homes and restaurants and found its way around the world.



The piece, which retails for around $300.00, made it all the way to The Museum of Modern Art to land in front of some of New York's most famous celebrities and powerbrokers:

Truly a utilitarian object that is pure pleasure both to the eye and the user. Offered for sale in the MoMA store and chosen to be used in the Museum's three-star restaurant, The Modern, Robert Foster’s work stands forcefully alongside the furniture and tableware from modernist greats.

- Pamela Shaw
     Museum of Modern Art
     New York



An inspiration for two decades of local designers, Foster will be greatly missed. For now, the amazing Ossolites in the foyer of the ACTWAGL building will remain as a monument to his brilliance.