Best Of British Design

Plumen, Conran, SCP .......

We are proud at Cimmermann to showcase some of the very best British brands and designers, here are some of our favourites –

Content By Conran

The brainchild of design guru Terence Conran, Content By Conran makes functional and affordable furniture including tables, storage and sofas. Established in 2003 with the ethos –

“We believe thoughtful design really does improve the quality of our lives.”

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Timorous Beasties – coolest prints on the planet

Wallpaper & Fabric from Scotland

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon.

Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to example of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. Yet, the studio fully engages a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs.

Timorous Beasties New York Toile
Timorous Beasties New York Toile

With their range of Toiles, by reversing the context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The New York Toile above is their newest Toile, looks great in the Red/Pink colourway.

Glasgow Toile
Unique and original – Glasgow Toile on an Ercol Daybed
Open Season by Timorous Beasties
Open Season by Timorous Beasties – Stags heads!!!
Oriental Orchid wallpaper
Rather racy Oriental Orchid wallpaper

The Oriental Orchid pattern is an extravagant 4 screen hand printed wallpaper. With the Oriental Orchid design, the organic meets the graphic: delicate orchids boldly intertwine with subtle print images from a Japanese Manga cartoon, depicting activities of depraved sexual appetite. 

Timorous Beasties Tree of Life fabric
Tree of Life fabric

Some of Timorous Beasties clients include Famous Grouse, Nike, Fortnum & Mason, and Philip Treacy. The Studio’s gallery of cultural design commissions includes the Edinburgh International Festival 2009 graphics and book covers for Penguin, Magna, and Granta.

Ranking among the Studio’s strong record for bespoke furnishing and installation commissions are the V&A boardroom, UK Supreme Court, Wellcome Trust, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Robert Burns Museum. Exteriors range from engraved stone cladding for Bristol’s Cabot Circus to the extravagant aluminium decorative façade for Princes Square, Glasgow. Christies, Claridges, the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, and Hilton-Waldorf Astoria rank among a heady list of our commercial clients.

Since forming Timorous Beasties have collaborated with some of furniture elite brands including  Ercol, SCP , and the design cult classic duo, .nobody&co.

Timorous Beasties are always unique and by incorporating their designs into your home or place of work will make sure it stands out from the crowd. If you want to see how their wallpaper would look on your wall use this clever tool on their website

The Team at Cimmermann

Valentines Day at Home In Style

Do Valentines Day at Home in Style – Design Tips to Make Your Heart Flutter

When it comes to Valentines Day, staying in is definitely the new going out. Home is where the heart is after all. Whether you are planning a cosy romantic evening or prefer a bit of drama in the mix, here are some tips for transforming your abode into a romantic den.

Mood Lighting

A combination of soft lighting and gentle flickering candlelight creates the perfect romantic setting. This is a real opportunity to invest in an exquisite piece of designer lighting. Enhance your space with a delicate modern glow with the elegantly ethereal Artemide Logico Floor Light. The distinctive shape and polished finish of the blown glass diffuser resembles a piece of silk. Touch-sensitive dimmer control lets you easily adjust the light to really set the scene. Make a real statement with a red Flowerpot light, a retro design classic from Verner Panton. If you are seeking a more dramatic show of affection, positioning a contemporary candelabra on your dining table or coffee table makes an indulgent centrepiece certain to have impact. Finish the space with a metallic wall mirror that bounces light around the room beautifully.

Valentines Day - Artemide Logico Floor Light
Artemide Logico Floor light – shade is made from glass but looks more like silk
Valentines Day - Red FLowerpot Light
Make a statement – Red Flowerpot light from Verner Panton
Amorous Accessories

Dressing your home to impress with lavish layers and adorable accents gives familiar surroundings an inviting themed angle. Increase the tonal temperature with a pop of passionate colour by introducing a bold cushion from HAY to a sofa or chair. Snuggle up in front of the fire under the season’s charming print throw. Why not peruse our fine collection of beautiful hand-painted designer wallpaper and create a feature wall? From delightful romantic florals to glamorous gothic-inspired designs, your room will be given incredible artsy dimension. For the ultimate heart-warming, show-stopping retro style statement, opt for the utterly unique Vitra Heart Cone Chair.

Valentines Day - Heart Cone Chair
Heart Cone Chair by Vitra – the ultimate Valentines Gift
Valentines Day - Lovebirds Cushion
The appropriately titles Lovebirds cushion by Timorous Beasties
Fine Dining

Staying in to celebrate Valentine’s Day does not have to mean sacrificing the fine dining experience. Why not plan an à la carte experience at home? While you might have the delicious cuisine under control, investing in an impressive designer dining table ensures a hospitable high-end look to make you both feel extra special. From sleek and sophisticated to strong and natural, we have a stunning selection to ensure you dine in style.

Valentines Day - Muuto table
One of our favourite Dining tables by Muuto the 70/70 table. It has a really cool plywood detail edging

Have a Happy Valentines Day whoever and wherever you were – but remember keep it stylish!

The Team at Cimmermann