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 and is noted for surreal and provocative wallpapers.
By depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on
traditional and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties has defined an iconoclastic style
However, Alistair and Paul see themselves as part of a
print tradition. They say: "A lot of our work features images that can
look traditional. This comes from a love of certain traditional elements, like
academic drawing, use of complicated repeats, and the hand-printed quality of
Designs cover a whole range of subjects, depicting, among
others, clouds, pheasants, thistle, birds and bees, London scenes, butterflies,
oriental, Napoleonic, plus blotches and stripes.
All are gorgeously designed, with eye-catching vivid
colours, and all the work is carried out at the Glasgow Studios, where many of
their wallpapers are hand-printed.
Timorous Beasties wallpaper is expensive – but if your
budget will stretch to it you can be assured that the effect is quite stunning.
Today Interiors wallpapers
Established in 1973 by its current chairman, John Anderson,
Today Interiors initially imported specialist textile wallcoverings from
high-end European mills and has since gained a deserved reputation for
supplying beautiful and innovative designer wallpaper collections.
Indeed, it has become a leading name in the supply of
exclusive, luxurious wallpapers from Europe - including the finest British
mills - and the United States, to designer and high street outlets.
Today Interiors are always releasing new and exciting
collections with a wealth of variety. Currently
there are sixteen collections to choose from, all made using Today Interiors
traditional printing techniques, which has taken them years to master.
The Panache collection is typical of Today Interiors,
drawing, as it does, its inspiration from graphic patterns and traditional
damasks, yet with a distinctly contemporary, stylish and modern feel.
The wallpapers are ideally suitable for domestic interiors
and their performance, durability and FR qualities meet the high standards
demanded for contract projects.
Their website now has a facility to order samples on line.
You can browse the collections, add colourways and click for a sample order
which will be sent out the same day.
Tres Tintas wallpapers
Tintas was set up in 2005 by three Barcelona brothers involved in a family
business who wanted to add a fresh, young and contemporary edge to wallpaper
design, committed to creating simple but striking and unique designs that would
look well in a modern home. And how well they have succeeded.
they called their first collection Revival, and since then have come Deja Vu,
created by a team of talented young designers; All City Papers, that brought
urban art closer to the painted paper world; the Californian palm trees of the
9 selvas de Mariscal; and Wall-a-porter, which focuses on the women's fashion
company continues to support the development of designs created in Barcelona.
While innovative, the designs are not iconoclastic and they encourage young,
artists who are given complete freedom of expression.
Tintas' stated aim is to achieve quality and good design at affordable
prices; to be different from competitors; to keep adding to the collections;
and to always convey a creative spirit.
The painted paper has the Finland clean woods certificate which
means that the raw material of their products comes from woods used for that
purpose, and they are all made with special water inks which allows the painted
paper to be recycled.
Nova produce practical and versatile collections which create stunning,
There is an impressive selection of wallcoverings that co-ordinate across different
collections with apparently seamless ease. The signature colour palette, which
is both classic, modern, and easy to live with, is also synchronised, and
allows a variety of designs to be combined across the Villa Nova range.
is the new High Society collection, a perfect complement of texture and
patterned wallcoverings designed to co-ordinate with the whimsical High Society
prints. It has a stylised fan design with an embossed weave on a solid coloured
background and is available in 11 different colours . It is of the
easy-to-hang, paste-the-wall variety which is also conveniently spongeable.
Chervil is another creative collection featuring an mix of
botanically inspired designs, including the stunning Chervil design with its
large scale cow parsley image, together with stylish geometric patterns. Most
of the designs make use of beautiful lustre ink effects and plain lustre
wallcoverings are available to co-ordinate with the patterns.
Then there is Tiku, a floral design in nine differing colour
combinations, which is equally practical, versatile, beautiful and affordable.