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Life in Glass

Posted on: 10 Mar 2017


A special exhibition of the glass design for Kosta and Åfors by Ernest Gordon Adsetts, the Sheffield-born artist who was a leading figure in the Scandinavian glass industry in the mid-20th century. Free exhibition at the David Mellor Design Museum in Hathersage, near Sheffield. 10 March – 20 April 2017.

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David Mellor are proud to host a special exhibition of key works from the life of Ernest Gordon Adsetts at the David Mellor Design Museum in Hathersage.

Sheffield-born Ernest Gordon Adsetts was a leading figure in the internationally renowned Swedish glass industry at a time when ‘Scandinavian Design' was becoming celebrated the world over. Adsetts designed for internationally renowned Swedish firm Kosta, then subsequently for the Åfors glassworks.

The parallels with David Mellor are striking in that these two Sheffield designers, born just a few years apart, both studied at the Sheffield College of Art, the Royal College of Art, and went on to have a profound influence on modern glass and metalwork the world over.

This is the first exhibition of a designer other than David or Corin Mellor to take place at the David Mellor Design Museum.

Free Exhibition
10 March – 20 April 2017
Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

David Mellor
The Round Building
S32 1BA

David Mellor Design
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David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life.

The company was set up by David Mellor (1930 - 2009) CBE and Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor is a key figure in British design with an international reputation as designer, manufacturer and retailer. The company’s values are maintained by Corin Mellor who succeeded his father as Creative Director of the company in 2002.

David Mellor Design has always specialised in metalwork and is particularly famous for its cutlery which is world renowned for its attention to detail and purity of design. The company’s policy is to build on its inheritance of traditional metalworking skills and Sheffield craftsmanship whilst making the most of evolving new technologies.

David Mellor is a company in which the visual qualities are paramount. In an increasingly throw-away culture we are more than ever convinced of the importance of good design.