David Mellor was one of the best known designers in Britain. He trained originally as a silversmith, but during the course of his distinguished career, he designed a great variety of products; some of which are common place objects we see daily. The national traffic light signalling system, Post Office pillar boxes, street lighting, bollards and litter bins.
The interior of the David Mellor Design Museum with Cafė in Hathersage, Derbyshire.
His training as a silversmith gave him a particular affinity for metalwork design and his silver is in many international collections. He is, however, most famous for his cutlery which has won numerous design awards, he has often been called the cutlery king.
His country shop is at Hathersage, Derbyshire, near Chatsworth, in the dramatic High Peak landscape. This shop has a special emphasis on the superb modern cutlery and kitchen knives made in the Round Building factory alongside the shop. It also carries lots of pieces made by other distinguished Designers from around the world. A place to visit with a nice fat purse full of money.
|The Round Building factory, Hathersage, Derbyshire|
David Mellor died 2½ years ago. His son, Corin, a versatile furniture and product designer on his own account, is now the creative director. His widow is Fiona MacCarthy, biographer and cultural historian; She is the acclaimed writer of Eric Gill, C.R. Ashbee, and William Morris etc.
glass bowls designed by Corin Mellor
images courtesy David Mellor catalogue