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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

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Wallpaper Trends

We are a nation of wallpaper lovers here in the UK and our passion for printed walls shows no sign of abating. As the season for cosy night in and festive gatherings there is no better time to update your wallpaper, giving a new lease of life to your furnishings. Many of us see our homes as an ongoing project and adding a new wallpaper is a cost-effective and easy way to create an updated look. So, if you have been bitten by the bug, here are some key wallpaper trends to try:

~ Living Room ~
Comfortable tones and flattering styles that will complement your other design pieces never go out of fashion. Floral is back with a bang; from the many stunning examples of retro botanicals on display at this year’s London Design Festival London Design Festival to more feminine and elegant designs over a muted background. Well-crafted floral wallpaper such as our superb Georgia Horton Follow Me range brings a freshness to your home just as much as a vase of the real things on the coffee table.

You should also have a mind towards monochrome walls that will help your furniture and homeware to stand out. These Jocelyn Warner and Timorous Beasties are distinctive and opulent, whilst keeping an intimate feel. 

Pastels remain popular, as do stripes, especially big bold slashes that fix the gaze. We’ve also seen interest in themed digital wallpapers such as skylines or photographic imagery – these have a wow factor, but trends like this often come and go pretty fast.

Monochrome Wallpaper
Jocelyn Warner Cascade Wallpaper
Wallpaper Trends - Timorous Beasties
Wallpaper Tends – Timorous Beasties Diamond Agate
Wallpaper Trends - Classic Retro
Orla Kiely Classic Retro – Wallpaper Trends

~ Bedroom ~
We’re seeing a move away from feature walls in bedrooms, as people look to paper whole rooms instead, giving a more serene, holistic feel. In smaller bedrooms especially this can have an overpowering effect, so take care in choosing a suitable design that will enhance your space rather than close it in. Choose your print according to room size – pair small spaces with small prints and larger rooms can take a larger print.

~ Nursery ~
In the nursery you need to strike the right balance between stimulation and relaxation – imagery works well so long as it’s not too loud. Illustrated nursery rhymes are a charming theme at the moment and there are some delightful designs around from specialist retailers. ~ Bathroom ~ Whilst wallpaper and flowing water are not traditionally a good mix, there are many splash-proof designs around. For the smallest room in the house you really want bright, airy colours and to avoid anything that brings the walls closer together. Powerful, striking colours really make an impact, but more sedate designs are also popular. Bear in mind that because you have only a small space to work with, colour co-ordination is key here.

~ Kitchen ~
This is the room many families spend most of their time in, so it’s important the wallpaper doesn’t jar with any running themes in furniture, cupboards or cookware. As ever, look for hard-wearing, wipe-clean paper. Trend Watch

~Embellished Walls~
Embellished walls are coming through strongly at the moment. People are looking for more detail in their wall coverings, and paper can be a big player in this scene, especially with the advent of digital-printing technologies that are allowing designers to move in unprecedented directions. Look for intricate patterns that catch the eye, as well as depth and texture, to give your home a unique appeal. For example, 3D effect wallpaper may have seemed outlandish until fairly recently, but if you want to make a statement then this could be a great option. Think natural stone; wood; or tile, and linear geometric shapes like this fantastic zebra print from Neisha Crosland. Textured grass wallpaper is also a classic look that is being widely-tipped for 2014.



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