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Timorous Beasties (Scotland)

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)

Posted in uncategorized on September 26, 2006

Henry Road – Fresh Finds for Fall/Winter ’06!

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)

Posted in uncategorized on September 26, 2006

Rice – Denmark

If you’re a shop owner, you should definitely consider Rice out of Denmark as a potential line for your store. They only seem to be carried at retailers here in Europe, so perhaps you can be the first to bring them to the states. Tableware, items for the kitchen (sweet tea tins), jewelry, totes, blankets…I viewed most of their wares yesterday at Esplanade and was quite impressed with the look and feel of everything, great quality and prices, too. I especially loved the dreamy pastel colors (lots of blue and pink) and the vast array of vintage-y prints that they use – especially their totes and bags. My personal favorite is the blue travel bag with the metallic trim – so cute.

You can view their entire collection online or contact them directly for more information. Sorry, they do not have an online store, nor do they sell to individuals. Here’s their current list of retailers.

(images from rice)

Posted in uncategorized on September 26, 2006

Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)

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 Rice from Denmark. I also spotted German products and glassware from Greece, too. And, of course, a little Asian decor mixed in. I didn’t see anything from America – no Adler or Adams anywhere. Not the case in America, where nearly every store stocks at least one Adler ceramic or pillow. :)
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)

Posted in Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel on September 26, 2006


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