David Mellor Key Designs
1953 'Pride' cutlery
Designed when David Mellor was still a student
at the Royal College of
Art, London. Included in
the first Design
Centre Awards in 1957 and in production ever since.
1959 Bus shelter Galvanised steel
Used nationally from
1959. David Mellor was responsible for the first modern street furniture in Britain.
1963 'Embassy' teapot Silver
Part of a large scale government commission
to Mellor for handmade silver tableware for British embassies.
1965 Canteen cutlery Stainless steel
commissioned as the standard cutlery for office canteens, hospitals, prisons, British Rail etc.
Mellor cut down the traditional 11-piece
setting to a basic 5-piece set.
1966 National traffic light system
Commissioned by the Department of the Environment. Mellor's design is still in use throughout the UK.
1966 Square pillar box
Commissioned by the
Post Office. The design aroused controversy as a departure from the traditional pillar box.
1968 Bronze fountain University Botanic
Throughout the 1960s Mellor combined special one-off commissions in silver and other metals
with street furniture and industrial design.
1969 Disposable cutlery White plastic
Designed for Cross Paperware and made in millions.
1971 'Eclipse' Saw and hacksaw frame
Part of a large range of Mellor's designs for the leading Sheffield tool manufacturers, James Neill.
1973 Handmade bowl
Commissioned by the Cutlers' Company to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the
Sheffield Assay Office.
1973 'Provençal' cutlery Stainless steel with rosewood handles
The first of Mellor's
designs to be made in his own factory, Broom Hall
1975 Outdoor seating Tubular steel frame and steel wire seat
Designed by David Mellor for Abacus. Winner of Design Council Award, 1975.
1977 'Chinese Ivory' Stainless steel with acetal resin handles
An iconic design of the period. Design Council Award, 1977.
1986 Cutlery for people
with a physical disability
as part of the Helen
Hamlyn Foundation's campaign to improve
1993 'Paris' cutlery Stainless steel
Designed by David Mellor and manufactured at the Round Building, using a high degree of hand finishing.
1998 'City' cutlery
One of David Mellor's
most spectacular designs which exploits the latest technological advances
to arrive at its unique sculptural form.
Designed for the Italian manufacturer, Magis.
2002 Kitchen knives Stainless steel
A professional collection
of kitchen knives manufactured in the
Round Building at
2003 'Minimal' cutlery Stainless steel
Probably David Mellor's most innovative cutlery. This is a basic place set -
1 knife, 1 fork, 3 spoons -
superbly well made in luxury materials.
2005 'Pride' Stainless steel
David Mellor's earliest and most famous cutlery is now available in hand- finished,
mirror polished stainless steel.