Founded by William Welch, British cutlery company Studio William has become internationally synonymous with premium quality products, which exude beauty, elegance and an understated luxury that compliment both casual and fine dining establishments. Found in an enviable portfolio of hotels, restaurants and iconic landmark venues, Studio William Cutlery has continued to grow from strength to strength as more and more of the world’s most celebrated chefs turn to William Welch’s inspirational designs to elevate their culinary offering.
Studio William Cutlery
A curated portfolio of foodservice brands, for the UK & Ireland.
Son of Industrial Designer Robert Welch, William studied design at the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University) where he completed courses in Furniture Design and Silversmithing, before going on to complete his Master of Arts Degree at The Royal College of Art, London in 2001.
Welch worked as an apprentice at his late father’s studio and workshop, studying design and Silversmithing under his father and also Silversmith and model maker John Limbery.
Following the death of his father, William was appointed Company Director at Robert Welch Designs and worked alongside his brother Rupert, until breaking away from the company and launching Studio William Cutlery in 2005.
A self-professed geek, William Welch takes inspiration from the natural world around him and marries this with a deep love for food and food science, gastronomy and neuroscience. Through collaborations with chefs and academia, William's creations take shape as part of a lengthy and meticulous design process that sees every piece rigorously tested before going through 42 finishing processes that result in the unique and beautiful sensory forms that Studio William is famous for.
The brand name Studio William Welch today stands for understated luxury and enduring design.
Studio William has become a Best of British brand and one of the world's leading producers of cutlery for the consumer-foodservice global markets, and in 2019 was chosen by British Airways as official cutlery supplier for their First Class services. The Studio William brand is available in over 180 countries around the globe, and has three global warehouses, serving their international offices in New York and Hong Kong.
Several Studio William cutlery ranges can be found today on display in permanent museum collections around the world. These include the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, the V&A in London, The London Design Museum, the MAK in Vienna, and the RedDot Museum in Essen, Germany.