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Interior shot of the David Mellor Design Museum as photographed by Paul Davey. Photograph by Paul Davy

David Mellor Design Museum

David Mellor was one of the best known 20th century British designers. The museum shows the full historic collection of his work and that of his son, Corin Mellor, extending from marvellous examples of Mellor's handmade silver to the traffic lights we stop at every day.

David Mellor was internationally famous for his cutlery design. The museum shows exactly why he is so often referred to as 'the cutlery king'. This wide-ranging exhibition is an eye-opener for anybody with an interest in design.

More examples of David Mellor's influential key designs can be viewed as part of a timeline on the David Mellor Key Designs page.

Silver bowl for Cutlers' Company, 1973
Silver bowl for Cutlers' Company, 1973.
Abacus chair.
Tubular steel chair, 1975.
Embassy silver teapot.
Embassy silver teapot, 1963.

David Mellor Street Scene

The David Mellor Street Scene Exhibition at the Design Museum.

One of David Mellor’s great aims as a designer was to improve the quality of the everyday urban environment.

His modern lighting columns, bus shelters, litter bins and post boxes, bollards and outdoor seating were widely distributed and altered the appearance of the street scene throughout the UK.