Design by David Mellor
700 range tubular steel frame and steel wire seat
Designed by David Mellor for Abacus. Winner of Design Council Award, 1974.
Stainless steel litter bin
700 range table
Part of the Abacus 700 indoor / outdoor furniture range
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.
- 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 date…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.