His­tory of a brand Bri­tish fur­ni­ture com­pany Lin­ley has a legacy of craft­ing to­mor­row’s clas­sics

For more than thirty years, this Bri­tish brand has been busy mak­ing the clas­sics of to­mor­row

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With founder David Lin­ley’s royal back­ground, it’s easy to see how his epony­mous brand is known for cre­at­ing fur­nish­ings fit for kings. The son of Princess Mar­garet and pho­tog­ra­pher Lord Snow­don, Lin­ley’s early pas­sion for arts and crafts was heartily en­cour­aged both at home at Kens­ing­ton Palace and in his fa­ther’s stu­dio. In fact, his grand­mother, the Queen Mother, was known to proudly pass one of his early cre­ations from school, a hand­made wooden cigar hu­mi­dor, around at par­ties.

He stud­ied Car­pen­try and De­sign at Parn­ham House un­der John Make­peace, one of Bri­tain’s finest fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers, and set up his own car­pen­try work­shop above a chip shop in Dork­ing af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 1982. Three years later, he up­graded to the King’s Road in Lon­don, launch­ing his own brand and shop, David Lin­ley & Co, and in 1993, the rapidly grow­ing com­pany moved into its cur­rent show­room on Pim­lico Road.

From the be­gin­ning, Lin­ley’s de­signs have been known for their truly fine crafts­man­ship, with painstak­ingly de­tailed mar­quetry in a mix of ex­quis­ite woods, such as Ma­cas­sar ebony, an­i­gre, wal­nut and sat­in­wood. In ad­di­tion to the in­tri­cate in­lay pat­terns, the brand’s desks, ta­bles, screens and pan­els fea­ture play­ful touches, such as clev­erly hid­den draw­ers and com­part­ments.

The same year as his com­pany’s launch, Lin­ley pre­sented his first fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion at Christie’s. The ‘ Vene­tian’ range, in­spired by the ar­chi­tec­ture of its name­sake city, sold out on the day of its un­veil­ing. At the event, Sir Roy Strong, the then di­rec­tor of the V&A mu­seum, said, ‘David Lin­ley’s fur­ni­ture will be­come an­tiques of the fu­ture’. His words were prophetic, and the com­mis­sions poured in. One, from the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum in New York, was for a 20-me­tre-long con­fer­ence ta­ble with neo­clas­si­cal col­umn legs.

With some cus­tomers or­der­ing al­most an en­tire home’s worth of Lin­ley de­signs, it seemed only nat­u­ral to launch Lin­ley In­te­rior De­sign. Some projects, such as the 2013 Art Deco-in­spired ‘Map Room’ at Clar­idge’s in Lon­don, have in­volved cre­at­ing in­te­ri­ors that evoke a cer­tain time pe­riod. Oth­ers, such as the 2016 de­sign for a res­i­dent’s lounge in the Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion de­vel­op­ment, and a pri­vate home in Oslo (above), have moved the brand into a more con­tem­po­rary de­sign pe­riod.

With yacht in­te­ri­ors, car de­signs and count­less kitchen projects un­der its belt, and a cre­ative team com­pris­ing over thirty mem­bers, Lin­ley’s re­cent pur­chase of renowned ar­chi­tec­tural in­te­ri­ors com­pany Keech Green in­di­cates that the com­pany will con­tinue to ex­pand its reach into the in­te­ri­ors world. As Lin­ley has deftly proved over the past three decades, no mat­ter how much fur­ther the brand grows or ex­pands, its core com­mit­ment to ex­tra­or­di­nary crafts­man­ship is what will main­tain its right­ful place in the Bri­tish de­sign pan­theon for years to come. davidlin­ley.com

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