David Linley’s creative ability was nurtured by his parents from an early age as they encouraged his passion for making things. His talented father, the eminent photographer Lord Snowdon, was particularly influential, having trained as an architect and designed amongst other things the Aviary at London Zoo.
David attended Bedales School, an alternative school that emphasises Arts and Crafts, where he developed an avid interest in woodworking. He honed his skills at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood under the tutorage of the legendary John Makepeace, who along with his parents encouraged him to embark on his career as a cabinet-maker when he was just 18 years old. After a period running a co-operative with two friends in Dorking, David opened his first shop on New King’s Road and unveiled his first collection at Christie’s King Street on 1st October 1985. Sir Roy Strong (then Director of the V&A) agreed to open the collection and commented ‘David Linley’s furniture will become the antiques of the future’.
David has written numerous books and has lectured around the world at prestigious venues such as the V&A Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to his role as Chairman of LINLEY, David is Honorary Chairman of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India and this year became Vice-Patron of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. David lives in London with his wife Serena, son Charles and daughter Margarita.
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