David Mellor Design
We are delighted to represent this iconic British design brand in New Zealand.
Company founder, David Mellor (1930 – 2009), trained as a Sheffield silversmith and designed what would become a world famous cutlery range while still a student. Appropriately, it is called ‘Pride’.
David’s prodigious design and manufacturing talent enabled him to create many more cutlery ranges using different mediums – stainless steel, sterling silver, sliver plating, acetal resins and even plastic. He was the envy of the industry and was acknowledged by all as ‘The Cutlery King’, one of Britain’s best-known designers.
But he was so much more than cutlery.
His industrial design commissions during the 'Swinging Sixties' changed the urban landscape of the UK - graceful aluminum and steel bus shelters, litter bins, street bollards, public seating and elegant galvanized steel street lighting columns lit the way across the burgeoning suburban developments. The hallmarks of his approach were elegance and functionality.
Today, his son Corin is Design Director of the family firm. His equally prodigious design skill ensures that the Mellor design hallmarks continue unabated. We feature his signature range of cutlery, ‘Chelsea', as well as his glassware and fine bone china designs and a selection of his spectacular kitchen knives.
Read the full story on David Mellor Design and an interview with Corin here.
You can also get a glimpse into centre of the Mellor universe, their design and production base in The Round Building, and see some of the 35 individual processes that go into making a ‘Paris’ fork here. This is handcrafting in action - not a robot in sight.