The furnishings and interior design firm is having great success among UK aristocrats and other affluent clients.
By Nicholas Sterling
David Linley—born in 1961 in Clarence House, London—is the current Viscount Linley of Nymans and nephew of Elizabeth II, Queen of England. He is also the Chairman of the auction house Christie’s.
His work, however, transcends his noble origins. The Viscount has been professionally engaged in the design and manufacture of furniture and accessories based on the purest English style.
Dazzled by the royal splendor of his surroundings—from an early age—he showed interest in the trade of luxury handicrafts. So in the 1980s, he decided to study arts at the prestigious Beaminster Parnham College in Dorset County.
Shortly after, Linley opened a workshop in Dorking, Surrey, where for three years— before he founded Linley London—he set out to learn design and manufacture of furniture, as well as other household items.
Today, Linley London sells custom-made furniture, carpets and interior design accessories with great success among the British aristocracy and other very affluent clients.
His designs, which include delicate watch cases, cigar humidifiers, picture frames, cups, cutlery, pillows, vases, candles, bedroom, dining room and living room furniture, clearly showcase the refined taste a person who has lived surrounded by art, luxury and beauty from an early age.
His neoclassical pieces with inlaid wood are elegant and sophisticated. They can be purchased at his London stores—located in famous districts such as Belgravia, Mayfair, and Burlington Arcade and through his website.
His designs for sofas and armchairs are particularly noteworthy, which use the finest leathers and the noblest woods, with beautiful stitching and hand sewn hems created by skilled craftsmen. Among his most notable creations are the Gentleman's Bench, the Deco Tub Chair and the Andrea Sofa.
His Lightscape Collection also includes a sinfonier, a desk and a liquor cabinet that simulate a London skyscraper, and whose prices range between GBP 80,000 (US $115,000) and GBP 120,000 (US $172,000). His lamps are equally beautiful, including the Evolution Table Lamp, made of bronze and hand-stitched leather.
Collectors from all over the world love his exceptionally meticulous wooden architectural pieces, which require thousands of hours of labor and represent iconic English buildings, palaces and castles.
In 2007, David Linley founded another company, LINLEY Interior Design, which—since its inception—has achieved an international reputation for interiors and environments that represent the best British design.
Currently, Linley has a growing portfolio of interior design projects for private homes and distinguished clients, such as Norman Foster's Chesa Futura in St. Moritz, and The Map Room at the Hotel Claridge, The Goring Hotel, and One Hyde Park in London.
The fundamental relevance of Linley Interior Design lies in the attention to detail by the ultimate craftsman and the fact that his interiors combine LINLEY furniture with unexpected items from other cultures. ■
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