The London toile is the second Toile that Timorous Beasties have produced, the first being the "Glasgow Toile". The London Toile is different aesthetically and its reference is from the "islands" of images that are often found in the original Toiles.
It was designed from a love of London and a love of the old toile's that were produced in pre revolutionary and post industrial France, in the small town of Jouey in the 1770's. The London Toile was designed using the same techniques as the original Toile's by separating the drawings, producing extra depth and texture by overlapping and leaving gaps in the artwork to create more tones when the inks overlap one another. Some imagery in the original Toiles was sinister, they depicted scenes that were then "contemporary", but we now see as looking traditional. Some scenes showed the factory at Jouey, and others rural scenes of workers relaxing, drinking, dancing, and womanising. Timorous Beasties have not actually changed much in the Toile concept, but have updated the references from the contemporary urban.
Measurements: Pattern Repeat: 920mm, Roll Width: 520mm, Length of Roll: 10 metres
Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon. Their work is bold, colourful, unique, indescribable and has really revolutionised wallpaper and fabric design in the 20th Century.