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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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Crack open a bottle of The Macallan like our friends @LeicaStoreUK this #WhiskyWednesdayhttp://t.co/uQfUcJtH9X

06 May 15
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That's @spirit_speyside festival over for 2015. Thanks to @angelshareglass & @HighlandChoc for joining us for a brilliant few days #dram15

04 May 15
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Our lovely whisky festival guests, & @hansoffringa, enjoying tonight's Fine and Rare @HighlandChoc pairing #dram15 http://t.co/1FG1zMJaon

02 May 15
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We have teamed up with @HighlandChoc for an extremely special Fine and Rare matching at the distillery this evening http://t.co/zT1lJ7M4l2

02 May 15
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This weekend we have a decision to make. Amber, Sienna or Ruby? Image via @Randalltan http://t.co/laXTyNuPzc

02 May 15
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All set up for a day of glass blowing demos with the wonderful @angelshareglass as part of @spiritofspeyside #dram15 http://t.co/54aYhkOeD8

02 May 15
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A very apt throwback to some 80s advertising we found within our archives.Do alfresco drams factor into your weekend? http://t.co/Vd7iuwM2sU

01 May 15
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Discover @whisky4everyone's take on the limited edition whisky from our #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino edition: http://t.co/omqfSNVyiS

30 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today, the spotlight is on our rich & complex No.6, encased in finest @LALIQUE crystal http://t.co/R7X6fP7jmv

29 Apr 15
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As #LFW announce the move from @SomersetHouse to Brewer St Car Park – which is your preferred location (to enjoy a Macallan, of course)?

27 Apr 15
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Throwback to an evening of exceptional food & whisky with @cellercanroca & @bacchanaliasg in celebration of #WGS2015 http://t.co/tZj9ewjlqT

26 Apr 15
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Today we're opening The Macallan Reflexion to reveal a bold & full bodied whisky with notes of raisin & sultana http://t.co/KFZXLWqYYQ

25 Apr 15
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We’ve teamed up with @HighlandChoc for whisky & chocolate pairing events @Spirit_Speyside! Book your place here: http://t.co/cbHGcKxcl4

24 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! We love this image from @TommyWee of his favourite Macallans, what's yours? http://t.co/AmQeSUvK5Y

22 Apr 15
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The Macallan fan Jonny Milne gave us a glimpse of his suitcase essentials including our 12 Years Olds Sherry Oak http://t.co/cnXOoelmJz

20 Apr 15
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Feast your eyes on our #FineFoodFriday pairing of Sienna, grilled springbok loin, smoked aubergine & celeriac puree! http://t.co/fJ7J2habRn

17 Apr 15
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RT @angelshareglass Next week @The_Macallan Distillery will stock our new 12 year old angels - what do you think? http://t.co/WuoeG5lvyw

17 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we're opening a bottle of our rich 25 Years Old Sherry Oak, as captured by @joshrubin http://t.co/tHXnipLTEu

15 Apr 15
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Nothing beats a great dram with a great view. Where is your favourite view in the world to enjoy with a dram? http://t.co/jFRs7I7Psg

13 Apr 15
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It's time to open The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old… what better way to start the weekend? http://t.co/NEi2hjMzx0

10 Apr 15
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This week in our Meet the Master series we sit down with @RojaDove. Join us on a journey through the world of scents http://t.co/q95XPGwFgr

09 Apr 15
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This #WhiskyWednesday we're savouring our impeccable 18 Years Old Sherry Oak with notes of dried fruit & ginger http://t.co/Eaun2zi5PL

08 Apr 15
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Have a wonderful #Easter from everyone at The Macallan. What better occasion to enjoy chocolate with your dram? http://t.co/zKWMFOBh20

05 Apr 15
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Gentle & warming, our Sienna pairs perfectly with a chocolate pot & vanilla bean ice cream this #FineFoodFriday http://t.co/XUW9SbaMNX

03 Apr 15
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Housing some of our rarest whiskies, The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge at Galaxy Macau Resort is our kind of bar… http://t.co/wSiET9hsBm

02 Apr 15

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