Over the last 34 years, acclaimed furniture maker LINLEY has gained a reputation as the leader of modern marquetry and bespoke cabinetmaking. The company was founded by David Linley, son of HRH Princess Margaret and celebrated photographer Lord Snowdon, who developed an interest in woodwork at a young age. He honed his skills at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood, before setting up his first workshop above a chippy in Dorking. ‘I was fortunate enough to be taught by the great furniture maker, John Makepeace. At Parnham he encouraged us beyond our comfort zones into the realms of excellence. Those principles are still with me,’ says David of his eponymous brand, which now has its showroom on London’s Pimlico Road.
Since the beginning, the LINLEY mission has remained the same: to create a centre of excellence, bringing together the best designers, craftspeople and materials to ensure that each piece has the quintessentially British characteristics of inventiveness, meticulous attention to detail, ingenuity and sophisticated creative spirit. Examples of this are the unique World Map table, handcrafted from over 40 veneers, walnut Zodiac boxes, each featuring one of the twelve star signs in marquetry (different colourways represent earth, air, fire and water), and the Aquilo chronometer, a multi-faceted timekeeper made in partnership with specialist Thomas Mercer, fusing marine chronometry and cabinetmaking to create a unique horological piece.
We apply exactly the same principles of tailoring and engineering in interior design as we do to creating individual items of furniture