Cabot Circus - Timorous Beasties
Cabot Circus - Timorous Beasties
Cabot Circus, Timorous Beasties

2006 - 2009

Cabot Circus – Timorous Beasties



Wallpaper and textile design studio Timorous Beasties have introduced to the scheme a sandblasted ‘wallpaper’ onto one of the main building elevations on Bond Street, the principal road which wraps around the scheme. The artwork is a repeat design on a floral, domestic theme. The concept behind the work is to offer street users an unexpected and intriguing experience of the building facade, bringing a sense of the domestic into a busy urban environment. 


The name Timorous Beasties comes from Robert Burns’ poem ‘To A Mouse’. Founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, both former textile design students at Glasgow School of Art, Timorous Beasties is noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers. By depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties has defined an iconoclastic style of design once described as ‘William Morris on acid’.

Their work is as graphic and modern as it is varied, with designs ranging from target and arrow motifs to large three-dimensional damasks. Their most notable designs feature swirling interpretations of naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish to searing commentaries on social and political issues manifested through a subtly subversive take on traditional graphic styles.


In 2005, Timorous Beasties were nominated for Designer of the Year by the London Design Museum, and their work has been profiled in numerous international media including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Vogue (UK, France, Italy and US editions), Abitare, Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and The Financial Times. 

They have designed for Boussac, Warner Fabrics, Liberty’s, and Sacho Hesslien