Whenever I'm walking down Great Western Road I always have a look in the window of Timerous Beasties. TB is an independent design company who specialise in home interiors. They have beautifully printed wallpaper, curtains and home ware that is TO DIE FOR.
From their website:
Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio, Timorous Beasties, was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Their work could be seen as a wayward take on the often “twee” world of textiles, with heavily illustrative insects, ‘triffid’-like plants, birds and other animals. They are also known for their contemporary take on the ‘Toile de Jouy’ fabrics of Napoleonic France, and have designed a number of toiles based on different cities around the world. The original ‘Toile’ designs are viewed today as very traditional but in fact depict scenes of drinking and womanizing that reflected the society of the day. Similarly, Timorous Beasties’ toiles reflect the under-belly of urban social realism against a back drop of familiar, landmark buildings.
They recently designed the exterior of Princes Square shopping mall in Glasgow. This is best seen at night time. Taking inspiration from the faded grandeur of many of the city's Victorian buildings the design reflects foliage that emerges from neglected historical buildings. The trailing leaves design was produced locally in powder coated aluminium and moulded on site by Glasgow sculptor, Kenny MacKay.
Pictures taken from various interior design projects in London and NY.
They have created an urban collection of toiles which reveal subverted scenes of modern day debauchery. Entitled London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the prints touch on social and political themes in a most decorative way.