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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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Artist @chidywayne illustrates Sherry Oak 18, taking inspiration from the source of our wood, Spain #Obsessions https://t.co/H96VwTjsN9

27 Apr 16
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A passion for rarity resulted in #RareCaskBlack & is echoed in @Chidywayne’s illustration #Obsessions https://t.co/CCi15VIPrt

26 Apr 16
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A rare talent captures #RareCask. Thanks for @chidywayne for this latest image https://t.co/hm2AnWHtwW

25 Apr 16
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Remember to share your #obsessions with us, tagging your whisky collection with #MyMacallan https://t.co/u0lSWfLIKn

22 Apr 16
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Do you have a whisky collection? Share it with us using #MyMacallan https://t.co/mLTACRx7lw

21 Apr 16
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In case you missed @chidywayne's portrait of the Queen to celebrate our Jubilee Bottling #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty https://t.co/ASD3kTQLvk

21 Apr 16
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We’d love to see your own #Macallan collection, share it using #MyMacallan https://t.co/wW0fEjIr5t

20 Apr 16
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Did you catch @Chidywayne talking about his passions and #obsessions? See how we’re working with him here https://t.co/EDBKXdfJEG

19 Apr 16
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.@Lalique Spiritual Home is a celebration of #EasterElchies, illustrated here by @Chidywayne https://t.co/ntN5vEJIxV

18 Apr 16
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Do you have a whisky collection? Share your own #obsessions with us using #MyMacallan https://t.co/LpwIwbIVFp

15 Apr 16
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Fit for royalty - @Chidywayne captures the essence of the Diamond Jubilee Bottling #Macallan #Obsessions https://t.co/jMu9QncziS

14 Apr 16
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Any of our fans keen to expand their whisky collection? #MyMacallan https://t.co/xshUuzYhou

13 Apr 16
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Any of our fans keen the expand their whisky collection? #MyMacallan https://t.co/xshUuzYhou

13 Apr 16
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.@Chidywayne perfectly encapsulates Fine & Rare 1926 with his luxurious 20s scene #obsessions https://t.co/d9hsMtqO6l

10 Apr 16
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Check out our latest film to see how we're collaborating with Spanish #illustrator @ChidyWayne. #obsessions https://t.co/scvZUcqu1r

10 Apr 16
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Are you proud of your #whisky collection? Share it with us and we will share with our fans #MyMacallan #Obsessions https://t.co/NNNtHFSy1N

08 Apr 16
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Some of our favourite entries from the recent #MapMyMacallan competition - simply stunning https://t.co/JAsx8xbpsj

07 Apr 16
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A spectacular selection of #skyline #MapMyMacallan entries - thanks to all who entered https://t.co/Iet0pga7Qp

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