Cut­ting-edge de­sign

In the Peak Dis­trict, the David Mel­lor dy­nasty oc­cupy an ex­tra­or­di­nary live/work space

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - NEWS - By Claire Bing­ham. Pho­to­graphs by Paul Rae­side

Set on idyl­lic ru­ral grounds in the Peak Dis­trict, to the west of She­feld, this grit­stone live-work es­tate has a unique history: a for­mer gas­works, it is the in­dus­trial hub of David Mel­lor De­sign. With a de­sign mu­seum, a shop, a cafe and a cut­lery fac­tory in the grounds, it is much more than a straight­for­ward house. To­day it is home to David’s son, Corin (who took the helm of the busi­ness fol­low­ing his fa­ther’s re­tire­ment in 2005), Corin’s wife, He­len, and their two sons, Hec­tor, 10, and Mor­ris, four. Fus­ing mod­ern de­sign with clas­sic sen­si­bil­i­ties, it proves that the ap­ple has not fallen far from the tree.

Most of us know David Mel­lor for his beau­ti­ful cut­lery. One of the great names in 20th-cen­tury Bri­tish de­sign, the mas­ter met­al­worker’s legacy lives on in many ways, from the trafc lights we stop at ev­ery day to ex­quis­ite one-of sil­ver pieces. He had a pas­sion for making ob­jects with en­dur­ing, purist de­sign, and when it came to cre­at­ing a new house for his fam­ily, the same val­ues ap­plied. Work­ing with his son and the ar­chi­tect Sir Michael Hop­kins, in 1997 he set about the trans­for­ma­tion of their new Hathersage-vil­lage home.

The plan­ning and con­struc­tion of the pur­pose­built cut­lery fac­tory came first. Known as the Round Build­ing, this is the cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity, where the man­u­fac­ture of sleek table­ware takes place. It

The li­brary The black leather chairs are by Charles Eames (john­lewis.com), and the 406 arm­chairs are by Al­var Aalto (aram.co.uk). The walk­way link­ing the li­brary to the kitchen and din­ing area is glass-walled. The kitchen/liv­ing space The white...

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