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Timorous Beasties

Chair Upholstered with White Moth All Over
Wood, linen

The work of Timorous Beasties is a wayward take on the sometimes twee world of textile and wallpaper design, incorporating heavily illustrative insects, triffid-like plants, birds and other animals. To create the White Moth All Over design they have repeatedly built up a scanned image of a white moth to create a busy and detailed pattern. The digital print process is ideal for reproducing the design’s subtle colour nuances. The complexity of this pattern would not be possible to print using traditional silkscreen techniques – an important point for Timorous Beasties. Until now, these designers approached digital print with caution due to prior shortfalls in reproduction quality.


Established in 1990 in Glasgow by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties are renowned for distinctive style and quality of printed fabrics, wallpapers, and interior products. They hand-print their wallpapers and fabrics, but also work with other manufacturers to produce lace, jacquards, lighting, rugs and ceramics. Recently they have produced successful collections for Brintons Carpets, collaborated with brands such as Nike and Famous Grouse. Currently Timorous Beasties are working on a new collection of rugs for Brintons, designing stone cladding for several building projects, and a woven fabric for Bute Fabrics.


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