David Mellor’s most magnificent cutlery was originally commissioned in 1963 by the British government for use in British embassies with the aim of demonstrating the best of modern British design.
The commission incorporated a whole range of silver tableware including Mellor’s famous Embassy teapot, Embassy candlesticks and Embassy toast rack. The Embassy range was extremely well received and received a Design Council Award, being judged ‘the best of its kind that has been produced in this country for many years’.
Conceived on a grand scale, Embassy cutlery encapsulates Mellor’s characteristic flair in the highly original shaping of the knife handle, tapered forms and exceptional elegance of the 3-prong fork. It is a design of striking splendour.
Embassy is now being made to the original design in mirror polished stainless steel. Each piece is hand finished individually with a ‘DM’ maker’s mark.
Embassy is still being made for us in sterling silver by specialist Sheffield maker Fletcher Robinson to special order. Each piece of David Mellor sterling silver cutlery is handmade specially for each customer and individually hallmarked by the Sheffield Assay Office.
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.