Product Launch

Timorous Beasties Urban Jungle

16 September 2017

Mon to Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: 12.30pm - 5pm
46 Amwell Street

Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties was founded by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons in 1990. Their successive textile and wallpaper collections vividly redefined the identity of interiors, firmly establishing their reputation as a modern cult-classic design studio. Today, their collections and bespoke work ornament and furnish both residential and commercial spaces, from interiors to exteriors, using a universal range of materials and techniques.

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.

In 2004 Timorous Beasties unveiled their critically acclaimed Glasgow Toile: by reversing the pastoral context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The Hotch Blotch fabric series challenges a 1000-year old aesthetic mode by placing disorder within the structure of damask pattern to reveal the inherent beauty of splatters, drips and blotches. Hunting Toile and Urban wallpapers mark a synthesis of 18th-century chinoiserie groupings, Rococo swirls, and Victorian silhouette paper cuts to create a uniquely contemporary ornamental textiles pattern repeat.

The art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art and society. Timorous Beasties share a similar world view, where plants, animals and society are visually inextricable. They are devoted to how that impacts as pattern design in our daily experience of furnished spaces, from one-bedroom flats to country villas, to the halls of civic and government buildings, departure lounge backdrops, boutique enclaves, restaurants, and hotels.

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

Home accessories include exclusive lines for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Brintons carpets, Liberty London, and John Lewis Department Stores.

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, Fairmont Hotel St Andrews and Londons' Langham Hotel.
Exteriors range from engraved stone cladding for Bristol’s Cabot Circus to the extravagant aluminium decorative façade for Princes Square, Glasgow. Christies, Claridges London, the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, Hilton-Waldorf Astoria and The Duke of Buccleuch's Bowhill Estate rank among a heady list of clients.

Timorous Beasties have collaborated with furniture elites Ercol, S.C.P., and the design cult classic duo, .nobody&co.