Robert Welch Old Hall Campden Coffee Set 1956 British
Robert Welch Old Hall Campden Coffee Set
Stainless Steel and teak wood. Stylish modernist coffee set designed by British designer Robert Welch for high end British Mid Century homewares manufacturer, Old Hall, in 1956.
This is an original, early model with ‘designed by R Welch’ stamped on each base. Later models didn’t have Robert Welch’s name. Note that Old Hall also produced a similar model with more curved wood handles which wasn’t designed by Robert Welch.
This set comprises of a coffee maker, hot milk jug and sugar bowl. The set is made of stainless steel with teak handles. The coffee pot has a strainer in the spout, designed to filter coffee grounds. The set is in very good vintage condition. It may have some small signs of age such as minor scuffing to the steel or minor loss of polish to the wood, but no dents in the metal or chips to the wood, both of which this design was prone to getting whilst in use.
Robert Welch was an English designer and silversmith who studied at the Royal College of Art. He was very influenced by Scandinavian design, having visited Scandinavia extensively including studying in Stockholm. He also worked with Norwegian and Danish silversmiths and other Scandinavian designers.
After graduating he set up his own studio in Chipping Campden in the South West of England in 1955 and a year later designed the Campden range named after his studio’s location. The toast rack in the Campden range won a British Design Council award.
He went on to collaborate with / be commissioned by a range of prestigious and influential companies and individuals including Prince Phillip, Danish steel homewares producer Lauffer (who produced steel products for Dansk Designs and Stelton), Poole Pottery and Royal Doulton. His children continue to produce products in the same studios to this day.