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