What’s not to love about a textiles and wallpaper company (soon to add lighting, pillows + more!) with a name like Timorous Beasties? The quirky name actually comes from the Robert Burn’s poem, “To a Mouse”, but there is more to this design house than a funny name. Known for “provocative and surreal” designs, Timorous Beasties of Glasgow was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met as students at the Glasgow School of Art. They got started by designing wallpapers and textiles for other companies, and like most creative types, desired to manufacture designs on thier own, along with special commissions, and recently opened a shop in Glasgow.
Their approach? Purely experimental in both hand-printing and machine production. Their aesthetic? Constantly evolving from naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish in their entomology collection; to a more contemporary graphic style which, as their Glasgow Toile illustrates, explores social and political issues. I’m not a huge toile fan, but I love their London Toile shown below and would use it in my own home.
Don’t miss their chic pillows, lighting, and rugs, too. All coming soon!
(images from timorous beasties)
Paula at Henry Road gave me a heads up regarding her latest adds for Fall/Winter ’06. She wanted to give decor8 readers a chance to see them before the official launch. Here’s what Paula had to say about the Fall/Winter collection, “The new additions essentially comprise three new designs in yummy chocolate, caramel and black with blue thrown in. Designs are Circles, Waves and Flowerfield and they are designed to blend with the existing line.”
Paula has new products too, “In terms of products, aside from new pillows and tablecloths, I have added a cool new tote, some laminated zipper bags which would make great gifts and for those who want to keep track of to-dos and dreams, there are four notebooks with 100 blank pages inside and great printed covers.”
Shop Henry Road online towards the end of next week; new products will be listed on the site at that time.
Thanks for writing in, Paula!
(images from henry road)
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(images from rice)
I spent a little time out and about yesterday, exploring the district I’m staying in, seeing if anything new came to town since I visited last year. I found a gorgeous store located in a cobblestone square, such a quaint setting, with wares spilling out from its doors onto the sidewalk… Behold, a summer clearance sale!
Esplanade Raum + Zeit, owned by business partners Bernadette Brinckmann and Uta Runde (I met Frau Runde, who is very friendly and speaks English very well), is a large space with three large rooms housing everything from Garden supplies to decorative accessories and furniture. The theme seems to be Danish and English country, one of the major lines carried is Plates, candle holders, bread boards, plants, pillows, totes, cupboards stocked with blue glass, everything in this store is exquisite, reasonably priced (lovely glass candle holders in two sizes and over a dozen colors, just 2.99 and 3.99 Euros.)
Love this light fixture!
This is one store that I highly suggest visiting if you find yourself journeying through Hannover. It’s two stops from the main station, hop off the u-bahn at Lister Meile and it’s about a block from there at Wedekindplatz 3. I wasn’t able to locate a website address for Esplanade, however you can contact them directly for store hours. Tel. (05 11) 62 79 95
Even the views from the store window are beautiful – I love the architecture in this district.
German bread boards – typical in households here. (you can create a sandwich on these and then use it as your plate).
(images from decor8, click on them for larger view)
Wouldn’t you love to have a mural like this in your home? I certainly would. This is a wall in a children’s store in Amsterdam called Keet in Huis. Perhaps you can recreate this look simply with paint, a steady hand (and a good sense of humor – you’re bound to make a few mistakes), an overhead projector, and a few days of free time? I’d like to take an image from Jezebel, she has the prettiest silhouettes, and project it onto the wall. I’m not an artist, however one would assume this project wouldn’t be quite as difficult as painting something with intricate details using many colors. Although challenging, I’d think anyone could take on a silhouette painting – don’t you? Have you ever experimented with something like this in your own space?
(image from keet in huis)
Green living is important everywhere. People here in Germany are very eco-conscious, even on the streets you’ll spot trash cans that are split into three sections for sorting paper from glass and plastics, etc. At the grocery store, you’ll need to either bring your own or purchase a bag to use for your groceries, although very few Germans actually purchase them as they come equipped with a fabric bag or basket to use instead. Also of note, you must bag your own groceries here, the clerk only handles the cash, you are responsible for the bagging. I love this because I’m never satisfied with the way baggers handle things back home, bruising fruit and crushing bread, so now I have full responsibility over how things are packed and I actually prefer this. I know, quirky…
Back on the subject of green, Cohda launched a chair made only from reshaped plastic, giving a purpose to all of the bottle caps,and packaging we discard each day. It’s called the Roughly Drawn Chair, and as the name denotes, it reminds oneof a rough sketch, almost something a child (or me!) would draft. These chairs are available in black (my choice), green,or grey and are sold for around $325 USD. They have a table, too. You like?
(image from cohda)