Timorous Beasties

Who? Timorous Beasties
What? Wallpaper/textiles
Where? Glasgow and Edinburgh

Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons met in Glasgow nearly 30 years ago, studying textile design at the Glasgow School of Art together. With a love of historical patterns and social history, their desire to build, warp and develop traditional patterns, practices and motifs, has created a ‘distinctly modern urban genre’ in their work.

Citing the 19th century art critic John Ruskin as inspiration, with his belief that there is a universal connection between nature, art and society, Timorous Beasties use plants and animals in their design to positively disrupt and impact on our living and working spaces, and their textiles and wallpapers are used everywhere, from one-bedroom flats to civic buildings and internationally renowned hotels.

‘Design ranges from echoes of a golden age of copperplate engraving to a distinctly edgy nature.’

They regularly feature in style and interiors publications and are acclaimed for their surreal and provocative designs. Brand clients include Nike, Fortnum & Mason, Famous Grouse.

They are multi award-winning and currently taking part until 22 April in John Ruskin – The Power of Seeing Exhibition. For this they have created a large lampshade that hangs in Two Temple Place, London, in addition to wallpaper panels as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of the artist, art critic, educator and social thinker.