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Interview - The Macallan meets David Linley

The Macallan and British design company LINLEY have worked in partnership for five years creating a number of beautifully bespoke, hand crafted pieces for The Macallan collectors. This week we had the chance to ask founder and Chairman, David Linley a few questions...

Who is Viscount Linley?

I trained as a cabinet-maker at Parnham School House for Craftsmen in Wood, after which I set up my own co-operative of craftsmen in Dorking. We opened the first Linley shop on the New Kings Road in 1985. My passion for wood-working was developed from an early age – I often used to watch my father in his workshop and studio. He really encouraged me to explore the way things were made – whether a car, a watch or a toy (in fact the first thing I made with him was a toy submarine!). People often joke that I am a 'chip off the old block'. Cabinet-making is rather like engineering, it is about meticulous attention to detail and precision, attributes which I admire and certainly which my father exemplified in all the work that he did, whether as an architect or photographer.

Over the years, the Linley business has gone from strength to strength and we now have two London shops and a presence in Harrods, as well as an international client base. My role is now that of Chairman of Linley. I am also Chairman of Christie's UK. I live in London with my wife Serena and two children Charles and Margarita.

How did you first get involved with The Macallan?

The Macallan approached us initially; they told us they had been watching the brand for years and have always loved the things that we do. We were of course delighted and very flattered!

How did you bring your unique approach to this project?

Here at LINLEY we have a great design team with whom I work closely. We were thrilled to be asked to work on such a prestigious project. The initial brief was to design a box to house six bottles of Fine and Rare Macallan Whisky, but we always try to go beyond the client's expectations. We did this by integrating six bespoke whisky glasses and a humidor into the design to give the user a complete experience every time it was used. The wood choice for the final design took inspiration from the Macallan Whisky barrels which are constructed in oak.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?

We are currently putting the finishing touches to our Christmas gifts collection, set to arrive in store this September / October including some new pieces in the very popular Linley / Tom Aikens kitchen collection. We are always working on exciting one off pieces which exemplify craftsmanship at its best. And we are shortly to announce a collaboration with a well known British car brand; watch this space!

What is next for you and the company?

We have a new shareholder on board – Jamie Edmiston – who brings with him his extensive knowledge of the yachting industry as well as his experience in brand development. It is our plan to expand Linley overseas, putting it firmly on the map as an international, British luxury brand. Both China and Russia will be important markets for us, as will Europe closer to home and of course the US where we have many Linley clients.

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27 Feb 15
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Join @AmericanPhoto for a behind the scenes look at our specially created #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino Edition... http://t.co/wCF3fqRcYk

26 Feb 15
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Today we dedicate #WhiskyWednesday to @GWR 'most expensive whisky ever sold at auction', The Macallan M 6-litre... http://t.co/nn9weuLvQ6

25 Feb 15
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This #FineFoodFriday we've paired our rich Ruby with pork loin, Angolian vegetables and old mustard sauce... http://t.co/aKRlf9T89X

20 Feb 15
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Happy #ChineseNewYear! @MaryinVancity has all the inspiration you need to celebrate with The Macallan http://t.co/x0rh8JjmS8

19 Feb 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we focus on our sophisticated Fine Oak collection. Which expression is your favourite? http://t.co/bUFCMX8qFe

18 Feb 15
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#HappyValentinesDay Macallan fans! Now this is our idea of the perfect pair...Photo via @_Bjornus http://t.co/qIVT8bLcLC

14 Feb 15
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.@Spirit_Speyside tickets are selling in record breaking time, find out more about our coveted tours here: http://t.co/mGj5JWzywW

13 Feb 15
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Looking for Valentine's Day inspiration? Our aroma candles, created with @RojaDove, are perfect for your loved one... http://t.co/RAUMWA1Mhu

12 Feb 15
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Our 12 Years Old was included in @drinkmemag's top 10 whiskies of 2014. Which Macallan dram was your favourite? http://t.co/tOBBJOfbKp

06 Feb 15
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Journey through our dark & complex whiskies within our 1824 Masters Series with @RobbReport http://t.co/vUbjWUVLir http://t.co/JrpGBlM6Vm

05 Feb 15
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This #WhiskyWednesday we're toasting our perfectly crafted M, created from the rarest whiskies at our distillery... http://t.co/RqirLtqqVH

04 Feb 15
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This #FilmFriday, join us as we look back at the glamourous #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino launch in NYC http://t.co/d04gyaOPUd

30 Jan 15
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'Catch it while you can'. Discover our #MacallanMasters of Photography:@MarioTestino edition via @Forbes http://t.co/1Fnv7wMcbT

29 Jan 15
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With a rush of ginger and nutmeg, we’re serving up the rich Macallan Ruby this #WhiskyWednesday... http://t.co/bBY0iClLfw

28 Jan 15
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Happy #BurnsNight! What better way to celebrate than with a dram of Scotland’s very own #TheMacallan... http://t.co/IdpW9oo9d6

25 Jan 15
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Join @GiveTruly as they sit down with Ken Grier to find out more about the upcoming Ultimate Dinner @CanRocaCeller: http://t.co/eTHkQaPSrF

22 Jan 15
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We’re appreciating our deliciously smooth 12 Years Old this #WhiskyWednesday. Which Macallan dram are you savouring? http://t.co/deNBMrWXc3

21 Jan 15
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Congratulations @derekmcnulty & @chrisweston, you have both won a pair of VIP tickets to @LondonArtFair. Please DM us your email address

20 Jan 15
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We'll be @LondonArtFair, to celebrate we’re offering 2 followers the chance to win 2 VIP tickets. RT to win [UK ONLY] http://t.co/xTdBm3lkkx

19 Jan 15
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Join @TimeforWhisky for an inside look at the Hong Kong launch of our Masters of Photography @MarioTestino edition http://t.co/YjjsZcmLQH

16 Jan 15
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Today, we invite you to ‘Meet the Master’ behind the lens of #MacallanMasters of Photography 5, @MarioTestino: http://t.co/5A1s5Lff4r

15 Jan 15
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Why not savour The Macallan with friends this #WhiskyWednesday? @Photoadams24 enjoyed our Select Oak... http://t.co/CZeIkDCkKk

14 Jan 15

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The Macallan glass by Lalique

The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition

Introducing The 1824 Masters Series

EXPANSION AT THE HOME OF THE MACALLAN

The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Launches in Harrods

Jordi Roca

Josep Roca

Joan Roca

Behind the scenes at El Celler De Can Roca

The Winners

El Celler de Can Roca

The Shortlist

The Macallan Attends SXSWi

Masters of Photography: Master Class

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Sean Lee-Davies captures the character of Hong Kong

Vladimir Vyatkin captures the character of Russia

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition UK launch

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