Corin Mellor’s first cutlery design, designed in 2011, was a real breakthrough. Though it shows the influence of his father David Mellor, with whom he worked for many years, Chelsea has its own striking individuality.
There are overtones of classic English 18th century cutlery in the satisfying shape of the hollow handled knife while the forks and spoons have a beautiful fluidity. A year in development, many prototypes were made to perfect the form and function of each item, with special attention paid to the balance in the hand.
Corin Mellor’s Chelsea cutlery is very finely detailed with subtle variations of thickness. Its classic shapes and satin finish make it suitable for both modern and traditional interiors and dining styles. The range of items is exceptionally comprehensive.
The special character of Chelsea made it the natural choice for use in many modern restaurants including our own Design Museum café and since its introduction it has fast become one of our most popular ranges.
Knife blades are made from high carbon stainless steel for a superior cutting edge.
David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well designed tableware is a vital part of any interior. The company was set up by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry, in the 1950s. The first and now famous David Mellor shop opened in Sloane Square, London, in 1969 and soon became a focal point of Swinging Sixties Chelsea and remains one of London’s most original and individual shops. We run our own design office within the company and so the David Mellor collection is constantly evolving. Many of our products are designed by Corin Mellor, Creative Director, exclusively for the David Mellor shops and are produced by specially selected workshop producers and manufacturers. David Mellor now holds one of the most impressive collections of the finest British Crafts and sophisticated modern tableware and kitchenware, including the world famous David Mellor Cutlery, to be found on the international scene.
David Mellor was one of the great 20th century designers with an international reputation for his cutlery. He was born in Sheffield and trained originally as a silversmith. Examples of his metalwork are in museum collections as over the world. David Mellor established his first workshop in 1973 before moving production to his purpose-built factory, The Round Building in Hathersage, Derbyshire, in 1990. He has drawn on Sheffield traditions of craftsmanship in evolving a product altogether of our time.