For this week’s Best of British I spoke to Robert Welch, makers of english silver cutlery that recently made an appearance in Bradley Cooper’s latest film, Burnt.
What makes Robert Welch a true British company, and why is this important to you?
Robert Welch has always been based in Britain, has always designed in Britain and has always flown the flag for British design. When Robert Welch left the Royal College of Art in 1955, he sought a location for his workshop that was midway between the design hub of London and the steel manufacturers of Sheffield. A slightly ramshackle building (the Old Silk Mill) in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden proved the perfect base and since then every single Robert Welch product has been designed in the Old Silk Mill by the in-house design team.
What inspires your cutlery designs?
The Robert Welch team are still working in the same building where it all began 60 years ago. The Old Silk Mill is a unique working environment in a stunning part of the world and today’s design team takes a great deal of inspiration from the natural world at their fingertips.
How would you describe your current collections?
All our products are designed with ‘timelessness’ in mind. We work hard to create collections that ‘transcend fashion’ and that will be treasured for a lifetime. For example, the Limbrey Collection, which is based on a design from the 1960s, uses sleek stainless steel and warm walnut in a nod to Mid-century Chic. Our most recent cutlery pattern Arden is has a simple yet striking design with delicate lines and gradually tapering handles.
What are your favourite products for:
A Christmas table: both decorative and functional: candles/cutlery/cheese knives
A Christmas party: decanters/carafes/ napkin ring holders/tea light holders and candlesticks
Gifts for her: jewellery, our signature textile set, our beautiful sesame tea light holder
Gifts for him: cufflinks, Hobart Nutcracker, steak knife sets.
Helping us survive the festivities: casserole pots for cooking for the masses and a good carving set.
We saw your cutlery is featuring in Bradley Cooper’s new movie! Tell us more…
Our cutlery and tableware is used in many fine dining and Michelin starred restaurants around the world, which led to our involvement in the film. We were initially approached by the set design team last summer (2014) when our products were recommended to them by Chef Marcus Wareing who was the advisor on the film. As it happens the location of the restaurant featured in the film is The Langham Hotel in London, who are long standing customers of ours.
We actually provided a whole raft of product, but at this point the only confirmed placement is that of the Bud Cutlery.
This isn’t the first time that our products have appeared on the big screen, for example our Signature utensils were featured in the Brown family’s kitchen in Paddington, but it’s the first time that we’ve had involvement in such a relevant, high profile movie.
Can you give us a hint of forthcoming projects and collections?
Spring/Summer 2016 will see the extension of Living Collections; The Limbrey and the Drift. Both collections are incredibly versatile and suit a variety of interior décors.
Autumn/Winter 2016 promises to be an exciting time. I can’t give too much away but we will be releasing product lines that are completely new to Robert Welch as well as adding to existing housewares collections…watch this space!
Click here to see our Robert Welch collection