UK, London. British furniture luminary Linley has launched a new three-piece range called ‘Lightscape’. Consisting of a gentleman’s valet cabinet, a bureau and a drinks console each ‘Lightscape’ item is a unique celebration of the suns effect on the cityscape at various times of the day.
Linley’s new range stands as a towering lesson in creative intention and execution. Not only does each individual item pay visual homage to its namesake and inspiration, they embody them.
Sunrise is a gentleman’s cabinet designed to prepare the modern man for the day ahead. The advent of the morning is represented not only by its use as a storage system for watches, pens, cufflinks, clothes brushes, collar stiffeners and a number of other morning accessories, but also by its colour scheme.
“The marquetry façade of birds eye maple veneers hand-dyed in copper tones and bleached sycamore is illuminated by iridescent mother of pearl, while grey tones of eucalyptus flow down the building, finishing in inky pools of shadow,” explains Michael Noah, Linley’s lead designer. The flow of the colour highlights the effect of the early morning sun on city skyscrapers - often the first buildings to be partially illuminated and the last to be fully illuminated during the day.
Sunrise has a walnut interior with a silver leaf eglomisé mirror and array of drawers and compartments. Hidden behind pivots are two secret drawers and hidden further still is a Bramah safe.
Noon is an urbane bureau for those who work from home on occasion, once again reflecting the time of day after which it is named. “The building is cast in shadow,” continues Noah. “The marquetry façade of the bureau is controlled and refined, made by hand-dyed grey eucalyptus and black sycamore veneers with mother of pearl subtly highlighting the ‘steel’ construction.”
Noon provides storage for day-to-day necessities such as documents, writing equipment and technology. Made from walnut, the interior includes a fold down petrol-blue leather covered writing surface, pigeonholes concealing a secret compartment, removable document folders as well as laptop and tablet storage.
The Dusk cocktail console completes the ‘Lightscape’ range and perfectly compliments its daytime forebears. “The sun has set and the building is now transformed by light emanating from within. To represent this, opalescent mother of pearl shines through almost every window of the building while ash burr, dark grey eucalyptus and black sycamore veneers make up the structure,” says Noah.
The main bottle storage unit slides out from the main body of the cabinet revealing a central Linley Trafalgar cocktail shaker, ice bucket and two crystal decanters, a silver spirit measure and a ‘Little Ben’ dinner bell. A silver leaf eglomisè panel opens to reveal a drinks preparation station. Dusk also come with a complete Trafalgar crystal collection, a tray, shot glasses, cocktail sticks, stirrer, chopping board and knife.
While the collection reflects the passing of time in the city, we firmly believe that this range would be as suitable on a superyacht as it would in a luxury apartment. The antithesis of the city and the sea lend more artistic weight to what is already a marvellous concept.
Linley will be exhibiting Lightscape at Monaco Yacht Show. Parvis Piscine, Stand QP11
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