PASSION AT AN EARLY AGE
From an early age, David’s creative ability was nurtured by his parents who both encouraged his passion for making things. His talented father, the eminent photographer Lord Snowdon was particularly influential having himself trained as an architect and designed, amongst other things, the Aviary at London Zoo.
AN EDUCATION IN CRAFT
David attended Bedales School at the age of 13, which is where he developed an avid interest in wood-working. He went on to hone these skills at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood in Dorset. On leaving he set up his own cabinet-making business, David Linley & Co. now simply known as LINLEY.
“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. Now, almost 30 years on, those principles are still with me.”
David founded his eponymous business in 1985 with the aim of designing and manufacturing furniture of the highest quality. To read more about the history of the company, please view our Heritage section.
Over the years he has worked closely with LINLEY designers and craftsmen to ensure that each piece has those quintessentially British characteristics of inventiveness, meticulous attention to detail, ingenuity, creative spirit, eccentricity, sophistication, wit and charm.
A FUTURE OF RESPONSIBILITY
David has written numerous books and has lectured around the world at prestigious venues such as the V&A Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Books written by David are available to buy online and include 1993 – Classical Furniture, 1996 – Extraordinary Furniture, 2000 – Design and Detail in the Home and 2009 – Star Pieces.
In 2006, David took up the position of Honorary Chairman for Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia & India, in addition to his role as Chairman of LINLEY. In this role he is responsible for leading the Chairman’s office in the United Kingdom, working with Christie’s specialists on developing the business and client relationships both in the UK and internationally.