10 years ago today David Mellor passed away, aged 78. This great shot from our archives shows the ‘cutlery king’ himself working on the revolutionary 1965 commission by the ‘Ministry of Public Building and Works’. The commission was for a modern stainless steel cutlery design to be used in all British hospitals, schools, prisons, national railways, etc.
Mellor was a skilled and revolutionary designer who was at the same time a typically pragmatic and determined Yorkshireman. He understood critical relationship between knowing how to make things and designing them. His great friend and contemporary Sir Terence Conran regarded him as “Britain's most serious, modest and greatest post-war product designer.”
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Verner Panton was born into a post war world that seemed to be made for modern design. In his time, he was considered an enfant terrible, but he was really a trailblazer who combined pragmatic design approaches, as evident from his sketches on yellow graph paper, with a direct use of the possibilities made available by the new technologies, materials and production systems that emerged in the post-war era. You might only know him for his chairs but there's a whole lot more to be discovered. Phaidon.com/VernerPanton