Traffic lights, we wait patiently at them, but who designs them? or litter bins or bus shelters for that matter, David Mellor did along with many other items of street furniture, the slightly surreal group of traffic lights in a wooded clearing can be seen at his design museum and factory in Hathersage in Derbyshire. The factory is built on the site of an old gas works, and I love it (it’s that sexy, curvy stonework again) the roof is lead.
The factory is open to visitors, there is a marked path through the workshop and you just wander through at your leisure (workshop seems a more appropriate word than factory somehow, for the cutlery produced there is hand crafted, expensive and rather beautiful, most of it being destined for his Sloane Square shop.)
You can watch the process from beginning to end
An blend of traditional skills and tools, like theses old and worn stools,
in amongst the modern machines and technology, it’s a factory Jim, but not as we know it.
(It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area, but beware, the if you are remotely interested in cooking, the cook ware shop can seriously damage your credit card.)