Robert Welch trained at the Royal College of Art alongside David Mellor and Gerald Benney, launching his design career from a small workshop in a former eighteenth-century silk mill at Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds.
From this basic setting he produced a range of designs which established him as one of the country's foremost industrial designers. Welch pioneered the introduction of stainless steel cutlery to the UK and was determined to design products which were affordable and a pleasure to use.
His work ranges from cutlery and tableware to jewellery and bathroom fittings, but regardless of scale or purpose his designs are united by their unison of function and timeless form.
Robert Welch designs are held in the collections of musuems worldwide, including the V&A and MOMA in New York. Welch was named a Royal Designer for Industry in 1965 and received an MBE in 1979.