Abacus Lighting
Delivering excellence in engineering and lighting design since 1958.

Design by David Mellor





700 range tubular steel frame and steel wire seat
700 range tubular steel frame and steel wire seat
Designed by David Mellor for Abacus. Winner of Design Council Award, 1974.

Abacus 611
Abacus 611
Stainless steel litter bin

700 range table
700 range table
Part of the Abacus 700 indoor / outdoor furniture range

The 306S
The 306S
A 6ft outdoor seat

David Mellor had just graduated from the Royal College of Art in London when he approached Abacus (then NORMID) about designing a range of lampposts from tubular steel. As good fortune would have it, this was around the time that we decided to stop outsourcing the manufacture of our steel lighting columns - and so a productive partnership began. The range of street furniture we commissioned from this young designer - including lampposts, bus shelters and even bins - soon became best-sellers, redefining the modern street scene and earning Mellor an enviable place in design history.

Fast facts
  • Launched in 1956, Mellor’s ’152 series’ of town and country bus shelters has never been outsold by any UK competitor. 140,000 have been installed to dateā€¦and counting!
  • Mellor’s work with Abacus earned the company a coveted Design Council Award in 1974 - and for company pioneer John Pratt, a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Mellor was also a keen silversmith, producing some of the most innovative cutlery and tableware of his time.
  • You’ll find many of David’s Abacus pieces at the David Mellor Design Museum in Hathersage, Derbyshire.