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David Linley Furniture

British, b. 1961

Consider it the ultimate royal seal of approval: When the young Linley founder, David Linley, made a decorative box as a teenager — a project he’d crafted at Bedales School that impressed his teacher — it was proudly passed around as a cigar box at parties by the Queen Mother. Of course, the royal treatment makes a bit more sense when you consider that the Queen was simply grandmother to the future furniture designer Linley, formally David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, second earl of Snowdon, son of Princess Margaret and photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Born in London, Linley was creative from an early age — a characteristic eagerly encouraged at home with his parents and at Kensington Palace with the extended family. After completing his studies in carpentry and design at Parnham House in 1982, Linley set up his first studio. Within three years he had moved to King’s Road in Chelsea and, with his friend painter and designer Matthew Rice, officially cofounded Linley, a source for luxury furniture and accessories and bespoke carpentry and millwork.

The brand was a quick success. When Linley presented its first line at Christie’s in 1985 — a collection of furniture and more called “Venetian,” which was inspired by the Italian city’s grandiose Gothic architecture — the entire lot sold out on the day of its presentation. Besides Linley the brand being a commercial success, Linley the founder was somewhat of a marvel: At the time, the designer was the first of the royal family to undertake any sort of vocational work, let alone establish their own brand.

David Linley’s furniture has become known over the years for its fine craftsmanship, detailed marquetry and inlay and use of rare and exquisite woods. His tables, seating, other furnishings and decorative objects owe consistently to traditional methods and conventions as often as they do clean modernity. The designer has long looked to Chippendale furniture as well as other styles that gained prominence during the 18th century as much as he has toward the future.

Now, in addition to its furniture, accessories and custom millwork, Linley operates an interior design business, outfitting homes (and a few cars and yachts) in the brand’s singularly chic style. And while the company’s output is marked by style, craftsmanship still comes first: “I’m a maker, not a designer,” the earl once proclaimed.

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Creator: David Linley
David Linley Walnut Fluted Column Candlesticks, Pair
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Inlaid Center Table
By David Linley
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20th Century English British Colonial David Linley Furniture

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Burlap, Ebony, Sycamore, Walnut

Pair of Viscount David Linley Sycamore Wood Pimlico Occasional Side Chairs
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of original Sycamore wood Viscount David Linley side chairs A very good looking and well made pair of designer side chairs, t...
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Pair of Viscount David Linley Ivory White Leather Max Club Armchairs
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this sublime pair of viscount David Linley, Ivory white leather Max Club armchairs with walnut frames and mirrored feet RRP £15,500 These are a ...
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Large Viscount David Linley Burr Walnut Satinwood & Sycamore Overmantle Mirror
By LINLEY London, David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this absolutely exquisite original stamped Viscount David Linley overmantel wall mirror in Sycamore, burr walnut and satinwood The mirror truly is impres...
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Viscount David Linley Sycamore Walnut with Chrome Inlay Coffee Table
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this sublime designer Viscount David Linley Walnut, Sycamore wood coffee table with polished chrome inlay A very good looking decorative coffee table, wi...
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Maple Marquetry Six-Panel Screen by David Linley
By David Linley
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David Linley maple marquetry six-panel screen. Measures: 6 ft. 2 3/4 in. x 17 3/4 in. (each panel). By repute, the screen was gifted to the current owner directly from David Li...
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Suite of Three Racing Car Viscount David Linley Picture Frames Checker Flag 3
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this custom made to order suite of three Viscount David Linley walnut picture frames with racing car checker flags to the top A very rare and hi...
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Rifle Bar Stool
By David Linley
Located in London, GB
Crafted in walnut, engineered brushed brass and polished aluminum, the rifle bar stool has an adjustable seat height making this ideal for your home bar. The curved seat rest of t...
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2010s British David Linley Furniture

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Walnut

Classical Furniture by David Linley, 1st Edition
By David Linley
Located in valatie, NY
Classical Furniture by David Linley. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1993. First edition hardcover with dust jacket. 192 pp. A book on classical furniture by the 2nd Ear...
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Riviera Rouge Desk
By David Linley
Located in London, GB
The Linley Riviera rouge desk is a unique desk with a high gloss finish featuring a Santos rosewood top and inlaid sycamore pinstripe inspired by yacht decking. The sides and front a...
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2010s British David Linley Furniture

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Wood

Rare Custom One of a Kind Prototype Viscount David Linley Mirror 3D Affect Frame
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning one of a kind Viscount David Linley wall mirror A very good looking and well made piece, it was bought by my client by custom orde...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern David Linley Furniture

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Tellus Globe
By David Linley
Located in London, GB
This striking piece features a 50cm diameter globe elevated on a dark charcoal veneered stand with caps, brace detailing and a highly polished base in nickel. The globe rests on thre...
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2010s British David Linley Furniture

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Matching Pair of David Linley 1993 Stamped Burr Walnut Console Tables 2
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning pair of David Linley burr walnut ebony and American black walnut console tables RRP £24,000 A very rare and collectable...
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David Linley Newlyn Sycamore Wood and Marble Hayrake Dining Table
By David Linley
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning perfect condition David Linley Newlyn collection solid sycamore wood with marble insert Hayrake Dining table RRP £14,500 A very go...
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David Linley furniture for sale on 1stDibs

David Linley furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of David Linley furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 11 vintage editions of these items, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by David Linley were created in the Modern style in United Kingdom during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider furniture by Brights of Nettlebed, Sir Terence Conran and William Kent if you are looking for additional options. David Linley furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $49 and tops out at $93,925, while pieces like these can sell for $8,092.
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