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A Modest Midcentury Dwelling for UK Designer David Mellor

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A Modest Midcentury Dwelling for UK Designer David Mellor

February 4, 2016

British 20th century industrial designer David Mellor may be best known for his classic cutlery, but his interests extended beyond forks and knives. As Stephen Bayley wrote in the designer’s obituary in the Guardian in 2009, “To Mellor, the profession of design was concerned not just with making objects but just as importantly with making choices, with choosing what we use, choosing how to live.’ ”

In 1960, Mellor commissioned his first building from architect Patric Guest of Gollins Melvin Ward, a low-rise glass and timber house, workshop, and studio in Sheffield where he produced his designs; when he got married in 1965, he added two additional bedrooms.

Join us for a tour of the house, now a Grade II listed building owned by a midcentury enthusiast who has kept the spirit of the place intact, and read Mellor’s bio at the Design Museum.

Photography by India Hobson from Haarkon.

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Above: The flat roof of the house is a hallmark of midcentury domestic architecture.

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Above: The current owner has filled the house with modern pieces of the period, including several chairs of Mellor’s own design that never went into production.

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Above: The larger workshop space is now a living room. Machines would have fit through the opening provided by a large wooden doors.  Teak framed glass windows which run down both sides of the room would have let light in throughout the day.

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Above: A view into the leafy garden.

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Above:  Wood ceilings and floors run consistently throughout the entire building.

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Above: Walls, openings and glazing run from the floor to the ceiling.

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Above L: The electric light fittings are all original.

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Above R: Blinds either offer privacy from room to room or protection from the sun.

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Above: The present kitchen was originally the drawing office.

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Above: Wire framed dining chairs support a leather covered seat and bent plywood backing.


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Above: A Cherner chair adds a grace note to the hallway.

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Above: One of the bedrooms that was added onto the house in 1965.

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Above: An outdoor chair that David Mellor designed for Abacus is just visible at the end of the corridor.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is David Mellor?

David Mellor is a UK-based designer known for his work in industrial design and cutlery.

What kind of house did David Mellor purchase?

David Mellor purchased a modest midcentury dwelling.

Where is David Mellor’s midcentury dwelling located?

David Mellor’s midcentury dwelling is located in England.

What was the inspiration behind the design of the house?

The inspiration behind the design of the house was simplicity, functionality, and the midcentury aesthetic.

What changes did David Mellor make to the house?

David Mellor made various changes to the house, including adding a new kitchen, installing a new central heating system, and changing the layout of some rooms.

What is the interior design style of the house?

The interior design style of the house is a mix of midcentury modern, Scandinavian, and British country style.

What kind of furniture and decor are used in the house?

The house is furnished with a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and decor, including pieces designed by David Mellor himself.

What is the color scheme of the house?

The color scheme of the house is predominantly white and natural wood tones with pops of color in the form of textiles, artwork, and accessories.

Is the house available for rent or purchase?

It is not clear if the house is available for rent or purchase.

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