David Mellor was born in Sheffield in 1930. He has been instrumental in his design work in the UK, from desigining the traffic light to his cutlery creations. Take a look at a selection of some of his designs...
David Mellor designed a large series of saws for the Sheffield manufacturers James Neil. The Eclipse saws are still used today.
The Pride collection is Mellor's best-selling designs. David first started this design when he was a teenager studying at the Junior Art Department at the Sheffield College of Art.
The Mellor Child's Set was introduced in 1978 and was designed on the principle that children's eating implements should be as good as those of adults.
Odeon Cutlery designed in 1986. On the left is the completed product and on the right is the design. The cutlery was made in heavy steel with a high polish. This design was showcased at the Royal Designers for Industry at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
In 1966 David Mellor was announced the designer for a new square pillar box. The square design meant it would be easier and more efficient for the post box to be emptied, but the public did not like the traditional curves to be replaced with square edges.
The national road traffic sign system was redesigned between 1965 and 1969. David Mellor designed the traffic lights and pedestrian signals. His priority when designing them was to ensure clarity and simple instructions.
David Mellor had a reputation for designing street furniture, including street lighting and benches. His first bus stop was produced in 1959. It is estimated that there are still 140,000 David Mellor shelters across the country.
The traffic light system which is still in use in the United Kingdom. David Mellor designed the filter light system for the traffic lights.
David Mellor in the 1960s during a period of commissions in which he created large silver centre pieces for universities, churches, and gifts to former Commonwealth countries.
Disposable cutlery was first manufactured in 1969. Ironically the cutlery was so popular that people washed and re-used the pieces.
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