Food Network Magazine, June 2016. Here's proof that great design never goes out of style: 50 finds from four amazing decades. 1950s: Clean Cutlery - David Mellor Pride Stainless Steel (1953). David Mellor designed his simple stainless steel cutlery while he was a student at the Royal College of Art.
Born in Sheffield in 1930 and trained as a silversmith at the Royal College of Art, Mellor refined his pared-down aesthetic on a trip to Sweden and Denmark in the early 1950s. His affinity for the simple minimalism of Alvar Aalto and Josef Hoffmann would inspire his own understated designs for tableware, such as his English pattern, with Georgian-inspired handles shaped like exaggerated teardrops (which was originally designed for ceremonial dinners at the prime minister’s residence), his 1953 Pride, with resin handles that resemble the hilts of 18th-century daggers and his Minimal line, in which the knife is rendered as a single, gently swooping curve, ending in a delicate rounded tip.