Wait at Red Light

Red light

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.

David Mellor factory

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


Blue buff 

An blend of traditional skills and tools, like theses old and worn stools,

old 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.)

4 thoughts on “Wait at Red Light

  1. laid back runner

    Some good pictures here uphill. The rack of files reminds me of my apprentice days when all the files hd to be put back in the exact spot or there would be hell to pay.

  2. I always thought that was a gorgeous building. But we never found time to go in. Too many pretty dales to walk through and bits of rock to hang off near there…

  3. My daughter and I were just wondering about the design of traffic lights. Why couldn’t they be beautiful, or at least stylish and interesting? Think of all the perfectly visible reds that would also be a pleasure to see: crimson, brick red, apple red, cinnamon red, maybe even a red tending a bit towards violet? Blazing yellows, lemon, pollen, parchment, golden yellows or subdued mustard yellow. Hunter green, leaf green, seafoam green, bluish-green. How about swirling plasma lights? Or gradients? Maybe a continuous spectral stip of LED lights going from red through to green, the appropriate signal indicated by intensity? Granted we might lose a few thousand drivers in the first couple of months of fashion-light implementation, but wouldn’t they be proud to martyrs for Art?

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