‘Triangolo’ plates designed by Roderick Bamford for Manfredi Enterprises

Made by Manfredi Enterprises in Bangladesh, 2006.

In 2004, Sydney food and coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises, commissioned NSW ceramicist, Roderick Bamford, to design a series of five plates for sale in Australia and for use in its restaurant, ‘bel mondo’. Titled ‘Triangolo’, the set consists of a show platter, a dinner plate, a starter plate, a side plate and a deep plate, available in plain, coloured and decaled varieties. Sydney design company, Frost Design, developed two decals for the series, ‘Liberare La Forma’ and ‘Serie Neve’, as wel...


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Physical Description

Plates (6), 'Triangolo', slip-cast porcelain, designed by Roderick Bamford, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made by Monno Ceramic Industries, Bangladesh, for Manfredi Enterprises, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2006

A collection of six triangular, porcelain plates in varying sizes from the 'Triangolo' series. Four plates are in plain white porcelain and bear the 'Ceramica di Manfredi' mark. Two plates have a coloured lip - one in aqua and one in beige - and feature the 'Ceramica di Manfredi' and 'Capri' marks.



In 2004, NSW ceramicist, Rod Bamford, designed a series of five porcelain plates for Sydney food and coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises. Titled 'Triangolo', the series was manufactured by Monno Ceramic Industries in Bangladesh for sale in Australia and for use in the Sydney restaurant, 'bel mondo', then owned by Manfredi Enterprises. Made from a chip-resistant glaze, the pieces were designed for use in commercial kitchens, including dishwashers and microwaves. Director of Manfredi Enterprises, Julie Manfredi Hughes, worked closely with Bamford to create a durable though attractive product that would fulfil a range of roles in food service. She also wanted to develop a series that could be used within the home as well as restaurants and cafés.

Rod Bamford aims to bring together all his interests in art, design and industry to make tableware for what he sees as the particular cross-cultural culinary evolution that is characteristic of contemporary Australian food.

Bamford is interested in the interface of art and industry, with experience of making art using industrial processes. Since 1993 he has worked in partnership with Janine Brody, at their Cone Nine Design studio, making tiles and tableware. In 2002, a commission to make 300 reproductions of a porcelain vase originally painted by Norman Lindsay in the 1950s led to extensive research into digital photographic processes for applying decals (transfer prints) to curved surfaces.


Manfredi Enterprises 2006


Bamford, Roderick 2004



In 2007, Sydney food and coffee company, Manfredi Enterprises, donated these six plates from its 'Triangolo' series to the Powerhouse Museum. It had previously donated items from its 1999 and 2003 'Cup Suite', including the decaled range, titled 'The Artist Cup Collection'.


Manfredi Enterprises


Credit Line

Gift of Manfredi Enterprises, 2007

Acquisition Date

30 March 2007

Cite this Object


'Triangolo' plates designed by Roderick Bamford for Manfredi Enterprises 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 March 2018, <https://ma.as/365167>


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