Timorous Beasties, the internationally acclaimed Glasgow based design studio has collaborated with Panaz, global manufacturer of high quality decorative contract fabrics, to launch a new luxury contract performance collection of contemporary textiles for this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. The new designs will be showcased in a special exhibition at Panaz’s new London showroom, 66 Clerkenwell Road.

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The new Intaglio Collection embodies Timorous Beasties unique mastery of diverse pattern and inspirational signature style presented on original Panaz base cloths. ‘Intaglio’ refers to the printmaking technique in which the designs are produced by engraving controlled drawn lines onto the fabrics.

The collection includes complementary textures and plains for upholstery, curtains, accessories and sheers that feature a layering of intricate patterns, rich and dramatic in colour and scale.

Epic Botanic is the hero design of the capsule collection and is available in three distinctive colourways. Oversized floral motifs elegantly intertwine to create a bold, rhythmic pattern on a woven jacquard cloth for drapery, which is woven from inherently flame retardant Trevira CS yarns. Natural Botanic incorporates the same design on a woven linen look cloth for upholstery.

Timorous Beasties main reference point and influence for the Epic Botanic and Natural Botanic designs was from the artist, naturalist, and scientist, Maria Sibylla Merian and her book, ‘Insects of Surinam’ which depicts life-cycles of insects. 

‘In the book, insects are hand-printed life size, using techniques of counterproofing, where wet ink is pressed against another sheet and then repressed, so that image reverses the ink back to the original way it was drawn. Maria also stencilled certain parts of the illustrations so the insects would appear stronger in tone than the plants they were sitting on.’ Paul Simmons, Co-Founder of Timorous Beasties

Flight consists of more muted colour variations and features intricate detailed linework, delicate floral motifs and beautifully illustrated butterflies on a woven jacquard for curtains and accessories. Natural Flight continues the same design for upholstery and is featured on a linen look woven cloth.

Jungle Tangle features a sophisticated detailed linear pattern, featured on a velvet cloth to create tonal textures that complement the palette used in the collection in six statement colourways.

The range also includes the exquisite patterns presented on wide width sheer ombre panels, exploring designs which both trail down and fade upwards.

‘Featuring original Timorous Beasties designs, our Intaglio Collection provides designers with a collection of contract fabrics that are sophisticated yet unexpected, placing emphasis on detail, both in terms of pattern and chosen materials.’ Sarah Lloyd, Head of Design at Panaz 

About Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties was formed in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met  while studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Their successive textile and wallpaper designs vividly redefined the identity of interiors.  Today, their collections and bespoke designs ornament and furnish both residential and commercial spaces, using a universal range of materials and techniques.   Timorous Beasties has showrooms in Glasgow, London and Berlin.

About Panaz

Panaz is a leading supplier of high-quality contract fabrics for the hospitality, healthcare, cruise and corporate sectors.

Recognised as an industry expert in the manufacture of contract fabrics with almost 40 years’ experience, Panaz consistently combines great design with technical prowess to produce high performance fabrics that look great for longer. Panaz’s extensive portfolio is flame retardant with optional water based anti-microbial treatments, making the fabrics safe as well as beautiful.

Panaz focuses on design excellence and exceeding customer expectations. Working globally with internationally acclaimed interior designers, Panaz’s portfolio of hospitality fabrics can be found throughout some of the world’s most iconic interiors.

Over 10,000 stock items are available overnight from Panaz’s UK based headquarters, featuring the best fibres, yarns and finishes.

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