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David Mellor’s Hoffmann is a design of immense elegance and quality with conscious overtones of early 20th century Arts and Crafts metalwork design, drawing on his admiration for the British designers C.R. Ashbee and Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as the Viennese architect and designer Josef Hoffmann.
Designed in 1985, Mellor’s Hoffmann cutlery employs advanced techniques of hot forging to achieve subtle gradations in shaping of the slender square handles, culminating in the unique pear-drop ends. The fine detailing and Hoffmann’s perfectionist finish result in a design of great originality and beauty. Hoffmann teaspoons are particularly exquisite.
Satin 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.