14 Jan 2020

The David Mellor Design Centre, near Hathersage, Derbyshire

It's a week since Mr P had his hip replacement surgery and he's now back home and although early days in the recovery process he's doing fairly well. Thank you for your kind comments and good wishes.
Today I'm looking back at the days when our daughter D was staying with us and we went for a drive into Derbyshire and visited the David Mellor Centre which has a café, a kitchen shop, workshops and a permanent exhibition of quality cutlery and other products of national importance designed by David Mellor and currently his son, Corin. We spent quite a time looking around and buying some items for ourselves, family and friends in the country kitchen shop.  The small café was busy on this New Year's Eve day so we decided to go to a local inn instead. I'm sure we'll be back as it would be good to take visitors who are interested in general design, cooking and kitchen items and I would like to go on a workshop tour. 



the café and other buildings at the centre


The purpose-built Round House Workshop designed for David Mellor by Sir Michael Hopkins.  It's built in the local gritstone and is set in an area of natural beauty. Visitors can take a tour to see the highly skilled cutlery making process.
David Mellor was born in Sheffield and trained originally as a silversmith. Due to his international reputation for product design and manufacture he won many awards.  Corin Mellor has now succeeded his father as Creative Director continuing the tradition of innovative design work in this specialist field.


The Design Museum exhibiting David and Corin Mellors' work.











We found the above exhibits interesting such as the church commissions especially those for Sheffield Anglican Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Daughter D was interested in the car as 1966 was her birth year.


Exhibits of the public signs, seats, the national traffic light system, street lights, mail box, litter bins in the grounds of the Design Centre that were all designed by David Mellor are still in use today.


the country kitchen shop







Thank you for your visit!

14 comments:

  1. Hello Linda,
    I am glad to know your husband is doing well.
    Thanks for sharing this interesting design centre.
    All the best!

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  2. Good to hear that Mr P is home and well into his recovery. A good way to start the New Year.
    Best wishes to both of you.

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  3. What a great place to visit on a lovely sunny day. So pleased to hear the operation has gone well.

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    1. Thank you CK. I hope all is going well with you and your family. It was good to get out-and-about on that day to an interesting place set in beautiful countryside!

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  4. Good news about Mr P, I hope he continues to recover well. I have some lovely green bowls which were bought from the David Mellor kitchen shop a few years ago. We went on a tour of the Roundhouse workshop also a few years ago when they did them for the Heritage Open Days in September, it was interesting inside and we had a good guide:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. We hope Mr P's recovery goes well as there have been slight complications since I wrote yesterday. Hopefully with medical monitoring things will improve. We often pass the David Mellor Design Centre, but have never visited. We were pleased to have done so as we all enjoyed the experience :)

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  5. I did not know any of this or about the stingray car. hubby is a huge fan of corvettes and we had a 1978 vette for many years. I would love to visit this place and I think the country kitchen might be a favorite from the small glimpse I see here.

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    1. I'm glad you found this blog post interesting, Sandra.

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  6. A lovely outing and Mr P is looking good after his surgery. All the best to him as he works through his exercises and healing.
    It was interesting seeing through the design centre and I thought the cutlery for those with weakened grip was such a good idea.
    Beautiful photos, I could roam through that shop quite happily ;D)

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    1. Thank you Sue.It was a lovely outing that we were able to take before Mr P's surgery. We're hoping for an even better year 2020 for him. All the best Sue to you and your family :)

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  7. Quite and impressive design center that though I hav eto admit he was not an MP I was over awed with that aside I would certinly like to visit the place. Check out my Church Explorer blog this week and see if you recognise the place

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    1. This David Mellor is the designer and not the Member of Parliament, Bill! The design centre is very interesting and David and Corin Mellor designs are public spirited as well as creative. Thank you for visiting and I will certainly check out your blog post for this week. Have a good week, Bill.

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