When David Linley opened his first furniture shop on the New Kings Road, aged just 23, he’d spent the previous three years carving cabinets above a chippy in Dorking. The trajectory was speedy, fast-tracked no doubt by his royal connections (his mother is Princess Margaret), but his designs deserving. In the 35 years since, the carpenter’s eponymous design house has carved a niche in the interior industry with its own brand of bespoke joinery, combining 17th-century marquetry with modern techniques.
To wit, 1 Queen Anne’s Gate, the first luxury home designed and dressed entirely by Linley. Comprising 27 one-, two- and three-bedroom lateral and duplex apartments – as well as a five-bedroom penthouse – the development by Aperture Group Management is reflective of the British craftsman’s work, with clean lines, a muted colour palette and bespoke furniture to boot. Once three townhouses that served as the official London residence and offices for the British Foreign Secretary (there’s a blue plaque outside to prove it), 1 Queen Anne’s Gate was remodelled in 1930 to create the current five-storey Edwardian building it is today.
Working in partnership with architecture firm PDP London, Linley has created a collection of apartments that are both sensitive to the building’s heritage yet firmly forward-thinking in design. Benefitting from bespoke specifications, each apartment has marble floor entrance halls, reception rooms with European oak herringbone parquet flooring and custom-designed kitchens by TM Italia, complete with quartz worktops and Miele appliances. Underfloor heating in the bathrooms, ambient lighting and custom-made wardrobes are the cherry on the cake.
“For 35 years our meticulous attention to detail has been unrivalled and we strive for superlative quality,” Linley said. “We have designed every aspect of this project, from optimising layouts and arranging the living spaces, down to the finest details of the soft furnishings.”
From £1.67m. For more information contact joint agents Savills, 020 3733 7329, or Beauchamp Estates, 020 7499 7722, onequeenannesgate.com