David Mellor

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

David Mellor Design LtdThe Round BuildingHathersageSheffield

Biography:

The company was set up by David Mellor CBE, Royal Designer for Industry.  Mellor set up his first silversmithing workshop in Sheffield in 1954 and rapidly established himself as one of the leading metalworkers of his generation.  His world famous silver cutlery is now made at our own purpose-built factory, The Round Building, at Hathersage, designed by Sir Michael Hopkins.  Now under the stewardship of his son, versatile product designer Corin Mellor, the company’s award-winning silver cutlery and other silver pieces continue to be handmade by our team of specialist craftsmen, most of whom have been trained by and have worked with David Mellor for many years.  We continue to undertake special silver commissions and have an international reputation for excellence in the field with our commissions being included in many public and private collections world wide.  The expertise we have developed over the decades ensures we always utilise the perfect combination of traditional craft techniques with the very latest in computer-aided design.

Specialist Techniques:

We have our own award-winning factory with a team of highly-skilled specialist craftsmen and silversmiths who employ traditional Sheffield cutlery making techniques when making our cutlery.  For special silver commissions we are able to provide clients with a unique combination of traditional craftsmanship and the very latest in computer-aided design and technology. 

Awards:

2006 V & A/Homes & Gardens Lifetime Achievement Award ‘for significant and enduring contribution to domestic product design in Britain’. 2001 Appointed CBE 1999 Hon. Dr. Royal College of Art 1994 Finalist of European Commission Design Prize 1988 Chartered Society of Designers Medal 1986 Hon D.Litt. University of Sheffield 1982 to 1984 Chairman of Crafts Council 1981 to 1983 Chairman of Design Council Committee of inquiry into standards of design in Consumer Goods in Britain 1981 Royal Society of Arts Presidential Award for Design Management 1981 Freeman of Cutlers’ Company 1981 Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1981 Appointed OBE 1977 Design Centre Award for Chinese Ivory cutlery 1975 Design Centre Award for Abacus 700 Outdoor Seating 1967 Ambassador Award for Achievement 1966 Hon. Fellow of Royal College of Art 1966 Design Centre Award for Thrift cutlery 1965 Design Centre Award for Embassy cutlery 1964 Fellow of Society of Industrial Artists and Designers 1962 Royal Designer for Industry 1957 First Design Centre Award for Pride cutlery 1954 Royal College of Art Silver Medal

Education:

David Mellor: Sheffield College of Art, Sheffield; Royal College of Art, London; British School at Rome, Italy.Corin Mellor: Kingston University; YRM Architects, London; and more than 20 years under his father’s tutelage.

Public Collections:

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Sheffield, England The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA The Lowry Gallery, Salford, England The Design Museum, London, England Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England Darwin College, Cambridge, England The Millennium Galleries and Winter Garden, Sheffield, England The Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, England Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, England Southwell Minister, England University of East Anglia, England Worshipful Company of Coachmakers, Cambridgeshire, England Holy Cross Church, Spotswood Mount, Sheffield, England Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green, London, England Shell Centre, London, England Pusey House Chapel, Berkshire, England University College of St. Martin, Lancaster, England The British Embassy, Warsaw, Poland The British Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, England

Publications:

- David Mellor Design, Antique Collectors Club, 2009 - David Mellor Master Metalworker, Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, 1998


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