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O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Timerous Beasties from Scotland.

We promised to blog about our favourite British designs at New York’s ICFF . We’ve already posted about the bold fabrics and furniture from Corita Rose. And we can’t help wondering how many of those sofas they have left.  The other products we are featuring all share a confident but quirky use of color.

Glasgow based Timerous Beasties produce bright, surreal textiles and wallpapers, a style described on their own website as “William Morris on acid”. Named after a line in the Robbie Burn’s poem, To a Mouse, they are brave and confident in their images which will delight some and repel others. They typify an approach which, rather than trying to appeal to all, simply puts forward what they believe in. They won the ICFF editors best wall coverings award, a decision we applaud.

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

Iguana is typical of their work. It features birds, iguanas, possibly deadly nightshade and pineapples. Who could possible say why but the result is stunning.It is part of their  Solid Wall Coverings range aimed at the contract market.  All patterns are digitally printed and can be scaled to fit precisely any wall
It is produced on 460gsm fabric solid backed vinyl, equivalent to US type 2. Fired rated to BS 476 Part 6 Class 0, European Class B.  It also including an active biocide against a host of micro organisms including MRSA but probably not iguanas. Sold by the meter.

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

This is White Moth, sold with the same specifications as Iguana. It is beautiful, strange and maybe a bit frightening.

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

Napoleon is available in four color combinations and comes as 10 meter long roles 520mm wide. And you only really appreciate its impact when you see it used in a room.

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

Not for the faint hearted! Wonder if David Cronenberg or Kurt Neuman were an influence? (Note from Veronika: Ok now I’m feeling my skin crawl…)

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

This is Grande Thistle. With the same specs as Napoleon and also available in four color combinations. We love the way the designers have been bold with the size of the image, the colors, the subject matter and just about everything else.

Timerous Beasties wallpaper

Here it is used in one of the other colour combinations. Interesting that it seems to work well in a relatively small space  full of furniture and accessories rather than the usual trick of using bold images in a big empty space.

Timerous Beasties also produce fabrics, pillows, lampshades and some furniture. Much of it using the same images as their papers. This is Glasgow Toile.

Timerous Beasties fabric

Also available as fabric and paper, at first glance Glasgow Toile looks like 1800′s vistas but closer inspection reveals a nightmarish vision of contemporary Glasgow .

Timerous Beasties  – confident, beautifully produced and challenging. And we are all richer for that.

Tim Bogan

Before he became Modenus’s eyes and ears in Europe, Tim Bogan was a communications professional working for commercial, government and not-for profit sectors. A journalist in the days before spell-checkers and digital anything his work was published in numerous publications the more respectable of which includes Time Out and the London based Observer. Tim was in at the ground floor with Modenus and BlogTour and continues to contribute whenever he can be dragged away from his search for the perfect recipe for pistachio gelato.


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