Meet the maker: Bob Window

Adelaide's premier design market, Bowerbird, returns in November, spotlighting Australia's top makers, designers, and producers.

In anticipation of this event, we had the chance to connect with the remarkable creators featured in this year’s lineup to find out more about their work further.

Bob Window: Robert Viner-Jones

With an unapologetic nod to the Mid Century aesthetic, Bob Window produces limited edition home wares and accessories from both vintage and his own hand printed fabrics. Designed, printed and made, by Bob, here in Adelaide.

Bob Window is known for its vibrant and bold patterns. Can you highlight a particular design that holds personal significance to you? Or that you believe resonates most with your customers?

I have a design called ’Tango’ that was both inspired to me by a piece of mid-century pottery and also the colours of my grandmother’s very contemporary curtains in the 60’s. That design and colour has become the most popular bob window fabric.

You describe your designs as “retro-themed.” What era or design influences inspire your creations and how do you incorporate them into your lampshades, cushions, and other items?

I am obsessed with mid-20th design and have been my entire adult life. The colours and forms are carried into my own designs and items. There’s no such thing as too much Burnt Orange or Chocolate Brown.

Your passion for vintage textiles is evident in your work. Can you share a memorable experience or discovery that ignited your love for these fabrics? 

Many years ago whilst studying textile design in Sydney I found I was drawn to Mid Century fabrics. When I first started Bob Window I stumbled across a bolt of vintage Australian Sheridan ‘Mikado’ print fabric – it really did open my eyes to the possibilities of sharing my passion with other collectors. I still have some of the bolt and every now and then it pops up in the form of a bob window lampshade.   

Bob window is in residence at The Mill Adelaide (by appointment) but if you want to see him in full illuminated glory visit his stand at the upcoming Bowerbird Design market in November.



17 – 19 November 2023

Adelaide Showground, Wayville

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