David Linley was appointed Chairman of Christie’s UK in December 2006 and has been recently (June 2015) been promoted to Hon. Chairman for Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India. He has achieved international renown for his company, LINLEY, which designs and manufactures furniture, upholstery and accessories of the highest quality. David established the business in 1985 focusing on the production of bespoke furniture for individual commissions. His passion for the arts was nurtured at school in Bedales, which is renowned for its emphasis on arts and crafts. From 1980-82, he studied at Parnham House School for Craftsman in Wood. David has written numerous books and lectured around the world at venues including the V&A Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the LA County Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and many other leading American institutions.