Timorous Beasties – coolest prints on the planet

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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

The Team at Cimmermann