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David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life.

The company was set up by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor was a key figure in British design with an international reputation as designer, manufacturer and shopkeeper. Born in Sheffield and originally trained as a silversmith, he always specialised in metalwork and is particularly famous for his cutlery which won numerous design awards and which is in many international collections.

Hand forged Embassy silver cutlery.

Above Hand forged Embassy silver cutlery

Right David Mellor discussing a design in the Park Lane workshop, middle 1960’s

David Mellor discussing a design in the Park Lane workshop, middle 1960’s.

David Mellor retired in 2005 and passed away in 2009. His son Corin Mellor, an interior and product designer, succeeded his father as Creative Director of David Mellor Design and is responsible for product development within the company.

David Mellor cutlery is manufactured in a purpose-designed modern factory set discreetly in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty in the Peak District National Park. The Round Building designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, has won numerous architectural awards and been described as a minor masterpiece of modern architecture.

Two factory operatives at work in the Round Building. Photograph Carol Sachs.

The famous David Mellor shop in Sloane Square, London, and the Country Shop alongside the factory and David Mellor Design Museum at Hathersage in Derbyshire, sell a professional collection of sophisticated modern tableware and kitchenware, expertly selected for those who love to cook and eat.

Our collection is constantly evolving and includes many items of our own design, designed in our design office and exclusive to the David Mellor shops, as well as the finest examples of British crafts and the best of international design.

The Round Building in its wooded setting. The old gas works site was rehabilitated and replanted. Photograph Phil Sayer.
Corin Mellor, indoctrinated early into the process of making.

Left The Round Building in its wooded setting. The old gas works site was rehabilitated and replanted. Photograph Phil Sayer

Above Corin Mellor, indoctrinated early into the process of making.