ABOUT GRANT MACDONALD
founder, Grant Macdonald, began learning the craft of silversmithing in 1949, aged 14. He jokes that whilst he wasn’t born with a silver spoon, he soon learned how to make his own. After attending the Central School of Art in London, he perfected his silversmithing skills by restoring fine antique pieces and exhibiting silver artworks in the 1960s, establishing his first workshop in Palmers Green under the name Silverform. Notably, in 1966, Grant began taking commissions from London’s famous guilds and livery companies, who required the highest standards of workmanship for their ceremonial chains and coats of arms.
“Silver and precious metals, unlike other luxury items, go on forever. That’s incredibly powerful. It means you can never apologise for design flaws, imperfections or poor service. Everything has to be perfect, or it doesn’t leave the workshop. ”
After working with a collective of like-minded designers and silversmiths he assembled in North London, Grant Macdonald moved his workshops to Clerkenwell in 1971, renaming the business at the same time. Within a few years, Grant Macdonald’s reputation for outstanding workmanship and innovative designs meant the new workshops were constantly producing bespoke works and luxury retail pieces for London famous Bond Street and Mayfair retailers. Grant Macdonald became the default choice for the design and production of fine silverware for the West End’s luxury retailers, and especially for custom made masterworks for celebrities and royalty.
In the 1980s, while London’s silversmithing industry was struggling with changing tastes and the lasting effects of the economic downturn of the late 1970s, Grant Macdonald began working internationally in Europe, America, the Middle East and Far East. From Cartier ‘s boutique in New York, to the luxurious hotels of Hong Kong, Grant Macdonald silverware found a new global market.
“You can’t simply sit in your workshop while the world is changing, you have to get out and see it.”
Throughout the 1990s, our international reputation grew, and in 2000 we were proud to win the competition to design the war memorial for Dresden Cathedral, with the Duke of Kent handing over our winning design – a 6.4 metre high silver cross – to the City of Dresden to commemorate the millennium and over fifty years of peace. More recently, in 2015, Grant Macdonald was awarded the Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales, acknowledging both our work and our commitment to environmentally sustainable processes within the precious metal industry.
In 2003 Grant Macdonald’s son George joined the business to lead the workshop’s pioneering design experiments with 3D printing. Inspired by the potential of this new technology, Grant and George saw the future of design and manufacturing in the silversmith’s craft. Having studied design, George has seen the trends for silver rise and fall, but today he sees a bright future for craftsmanship as the natural antidote to mass produced items.
“We work with, and listen to, our customers. People appreciate fine craftsmanship today more than ever before.”
Today, with our founder Grant Macdonald in the position of creative director, and his son George as Managing Director, Grant Macdonald continues to pursue the high aspirations of perfection in design, quality and service. Our philosophy is that of luxury and legacy, of creating fine workmanship steeped in heritage and designed by innovation. We believe fine precious metals should never be simply admired, but used and cherished by today’s owners, and generations to come.