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Splurge: Linley matchbox sleeves

Take a second to think of the last time you used a matchstick. Now, try to recall how often matches come into play in your daily life. Can’t lock down a figure? Neither can we. It doesn’t matter to the folks at Linley, though.

Linley is a marquetry house that has a heritage directly traceable to British earldom. Established by David Snowdon (formerly David Linley), these experts are known for intricately designed luxury homeware that captures the essence of British craftsmanship. They’ve got all a Lord decorating his townhouse in Surrey could ever need, from S$135,000 treasure chests to a S$1,350 skateboard. Perhaps the range wasn’t all-encompassing enough, as Linley now sells S$310 matchbox sleeves made of walnut wood.

linley matchbox sleeves
Two of the three designs available. The right is inspired by the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The three designs available champion some aspect of British history, whether a national tragedy, the beloved Union Jack, or vintage lettering. They measure 112 x 59 x 22mm, which is about the size of a typical matchbox except thicker, fitting 20 Linley matches within. What makes the price point so exorbitant is the combination of rare, top-shelf woods used to create each, from Burr oak to sycamore, blended with the walnut.

linley match sleeve union jack
Bearing in mind, it’s not a matchbox, but a sleeve, so you’re going to have to get matches that fit perfectly. Handy stuff.

Let us count the ways this can be utilised. Eco-conscious cigar smokers (ironic, no?) may find this a useful gift, or perhaps you have a Luddite loved one who needs a spark in their life. Maybe this is one of those times where luxury makes little sense, but it’s allowed to when money talks. Here’s hoping Linley comes up with a lighter sleeve next.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.
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