David Mellor’s English cutlery is a deceptively simple design of great sophistication and subtlety. The gently flowing lines are typical of Mellor, whose expertise in metal derived from his early training as a silversmith.
Originally commissioned in 1992 for the British Prime Minister’s ceremonial dining at 10 Downing Street, this virtuoso design draws on Mellor’s appreciation of the qualities of early Georgian silver to arrive at cutlery with a beautiful modernity. Perfectly balanced in the hand with flowing curves and generous handles, English is the epitome of understated elegance.
This superb design is available in satin finished stainless steel, silver plate and sterling silver. English is expertly made in our own workshops at Hathersage and employs a high degree of hand craftsmanship to achieve its perfectionist finish.
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.