In partnership with: LINLEY
Hidden doorways, revolving walls and trompe l'oeil walls; the new Alba collection by LINLEY has been created with unrivalled craftsmanship
David Linley, son of the legendary photographer Lord Snowdon, founded his eponymous brand in 1985 with the aim of producing furniture of the highest standards. His commissions speak for themselves. The marque has since created a 60-person boardroom table for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and conceived the marquetry for the grand lobby of the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth. Linley’s clients range from Sir Elton John to Valentino, and his crafts are both small (doorstops, paperweights) and large (completely bespoke interior design commissions).
The Alba Collection
Framed within a Parthenon-like atrium at this year’s Masterpiece London, four key pieces form LINLEY’s Alba collection – a drinks cabinet, coffee table, sofa and chair. Under the creative direction of LINLEY's creative duo, Graham Green and Michael Keech (who met while working in Ralph Lauren's design team), the brand has taken a noticeably more sensual approach, with a softer aesthetic allowing the eye to be drawn to delicate silhouettes. What remains unchanged is the brand’s unmistakable marquetry and patterned veneers, with painstaking attention paid to the smallest of details. Inspiration is provided by great European abstract painters, including Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky – ensuring the furniture will imbue any room with an Art Deco vibe.
As is so often the case with LINLEY furniture, things are not always as they first seem. The coffee table's twisting tabletop reveals built-in storage for a corkscrew, bespoke stacking coasters and a stainless steel ice bucket. It is the drinks cabinet, however, that boasts the best party trick: a bookcase front rotates inwards to reveal a luxurious bar, complete with hidden drawers and pleasingly weighty accessories.