The Glasgow design firm Timorous Beasties, named after Robert Burns’s poem ‘To A Mouse,’ was founded in 1990 by Alastair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met while studying design at the Glasgow School of Art. Timorous Beasties specializes in imaginative hand-printed wallpapers, blinds, and fabrics. Their heavily illustrated designs often depict provocative and in some cases unsettling imagery inspired by urban landscapes and botanical gardens alike. The company’s best-known print “Glasgow Toile” for example, replaces classical rural French scenery with images depicting the Glasgow underbelly: a graveyard, teenage moms, and drug addicts. McAuley and Simmons are interested in creating a new take on... more.