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Exclusive product design collaboration with David Mellor Design

02 Sep 2021

To celebrate The Hepworth Wakefield’s 10th anniversary, the gallery has commissioned a series of creative collaborations with a range of artists and designers, exclusive to The Hepworth Wakefield Shop. The new product ranges will be released for sale throughout the 10th anniversary year, with all profits directly supporting The Hepworth Wakefield.

Today we are announcing the second collaboration – with David Mellor Design. In 2018 we opened an exhibition conceived by Giles Round to celebrate the 300th birthday of Thomas Chippendale which presented the domestic setting as one where art and design are brought into conversation. On display were a range of the best hand-crafted and industrially-produced design objects ranging from ceramics to textiles and from glass to furniture, including a selection of tea spoons by David Mellor Design. Fittingly for our 10th anniversary, David Mellor Design has created an elegant stainless-steel tea service engraved with a circle and radiating line, echoing the way Barbara Hepworth would inscribe patterned forms on some of her sculptures.

About the birthday collaboration Corin Mellor, Creative Director of David Mellor Design, said: “My designs have a strong link to Modernism, so being asked to combine my purist shapes with beautiful geometric forms inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s work was a designer’s dream. The project also allowed me to explore my obsession with detail and finishes which was always a key part of Barbara’s work too.”

The Hepworth Wakefield X David Mellor Design range comprises:

Teapot – £110

Cafetiere – £100

Sugar Pot – £75

Creamer – £60

Cake Server – £35

David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life. The company was set up by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor was a key figure in British design with an international reputation as a designer, manufacturer and shopkeeper. Born in Sheffield and originally trained as a silversmith, he always specialised in metalwork. David Mellor retired in 2005 and passed away in 2009. His son Corin Mellor, an interior and product designer, succeeded his father as Creative Director of David Mellor Design. The company is based at their purpose-designed, modern factory set discreetly in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty in the Peak District National Park.