The best-selling Radford cutlery collection earned the company their second consecutive German Design Award, while the brand new Contour Noir cutlery collection picked up a Tableware International, Awards of Excellence gong.

Comfort and ease of use are at the heart of the design process at Robert Welch Designs, creating pieces and patterns that complement any table setting. Each piece of cutlery is rigorously tested – the weight, shape, style and finish all combining to enhance the overall dining experience.

Alice Welch, Joint Managing Director, said: “Winning the German Design Award is a tremendous accolade; it recognises all aspects of production from concept to creation. Radford is our best-selling collection and with the new additions to the range being unveiled at this year’s Ambiente, this award is very significant for our business and the whole team.”

Kit De Bretton Gordon, Head of Design, said: “Third time lucky! We’ve entered and attended the Tableware International Awards of Excellence twice previously and were pipped to the post, so it’s a huge delight to have won this year. I’m so pleased that the judges liked Contour Noir. It’s a bold collection; the black and steel pieces are a dramatic addition to any table.”  

About Radford

The Radford collection is a classic design that owes its origins to the contours and balance of traditional 18th century cutlery and is versatile enough to complement any table setting. It’s an evolution of the earlier Premier design, originally created in 1984 (the result of requests throughout the 1970s for Robert Welch and the workshop to hand-make replacement silver cutlery for customers’ Georgian canteens).

Launched in 2003 in memory of Robert (it takes his middle name) Radford is a timeless English design. Radford cutlery is a modern classic, often thought of as “perfection in the hand” with an extensive selection of 75 pieces. Available in a mirror or brushed stainless steel finish, it has a lifetime guarantee and is dishwasher safe.

Radford is part of the Collection 5.0

About Contour Noir

A contemporary design statement from Robert Welch Designs, the new black and satin stainless steel Contour Noir cutlery range offers a dramatic addition to customers' dining experiences. The fluid sense of movement in each of the pieces gives a comfortable grip in the hand while the blades of the table and steak knives are designed to rest traditionally or vertically on the table. In either presentation, the cutting edge is raised from the tabletop.

Contour Noir is part of the Master Collection


Unveiled for the first time at Ambiente were the three distinct categories that exist within the Robert Welch Cutlery Collection.

Collection 3.5 – all patterns are made from 3.5mm stainless steel, a thinner gauge that gives this collection a lighter feel in the hand.

Collection 5.0 – all ranges feature exceptional balance and comfort and are a heavier gauge – a quality experience for the diner.

Master Collection – for customers who want something special. Our highest levels of design and manufacture expertise, to provide a real statement on the table.

Spoons and forks are made using the highest quality 18/10 stainless steel, and knife blades are made from specially hardened stainless steel to provide the finest possible cutting edge.