The Winter Tree by Timorous Beasties at Standen this Christmas
Following the success of the Winter Tree designed by Kaffe Fassett last year and Zandra Rhodes in 2015, Timorous Beasties will be the radical designers of this years’ Winter Tree at Standen. Award winning designers Timorous Beasties are notorious for taking classic design patterns such as damask, Toile de Jouy, Chintz, reinterpreting them to create what has been heralded as modern cult classics. See the Winter Tree from Saturday 25 November – Tuesday 2 January 2018.
" We’re delighted to have been invited to design this year’s Christmas tree at Standen House. It’s such a prestigious place where people come to revel in and discover more about the Arts & Crafts – a movement very close to our hearts."
Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, the designers behind Timorous Beasties will create a striking signature tree in the courtyard. Using their unique style they’ll create a piece of art celebrating the house’s cultural heritage and the Beale family’s love of Arts & Crafts. Paul and Alistair’s bespoke design will offer a nod to Standen’s beautiful collections of patterned wallpaper and textiles.
As with the Arts & Crafts Movement, they often look towards the past for inspiration, but subvert the subject matter to bring it new meaning and life, in order to appeal to a contemporary audience.
Admirers of the work of William Morris, Timorous Beasties often reference his works in their designs. ‘Fruit Looters’ is a direct reference to one of Morris’ most popular designs, ‘Strawberry Thief’. Exuding craftsmanship, quality, and impeccable attention to detail, the designs take inspiration from the everyday and particularly play on their fascination with the often brutal beauty of the natural world.
About Timorous Beasties
Founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties’ design and manufacturing embodies an outstanding diversity of pattern. Exuding craftsmanship, quality, and impeccable attention to detail, the designs take inspiration from the every day and particularly play on Timorous Beasties’ fascination with the often brutal beauty of the natural world.
For over 25 years at Timorous Beasties, textiles history has taken twists and turns in pattern and repeat to the effect of transforming and redefining classic genres – the damask, Toile de Jouy, rococo, silhouette – to create what has been heralded as modern cult classics: London Toile, Thistle, Merian Palm, and the Hotch Blotch series to name a few.
Timorous Beasties' collections and bespoke designs adorn and furnish both residential and commercial spaces, from interiors to exteriors, using a universal range of techniques and materials: hand-printed and digital wallpapers and fabrics; vinyl, lighting, rugs, ceramics, concrete, stone and metal. Indeed, their work is not just prolific, it has defined an aesthetic era.
Christmas at Standen
This Christmas the house at Standen will be traditionally decorated in the style of Christmas through the ages, showing how Christmas was celebrated during the different decades that the Beale family were in residence. Visit the house during one of the extended twilight opening evenings to see the house and see the Winter Tree lit up in all their glory. On Twilight openings the property is open until 6pm. These take place on Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, and Sat 16 to Fri 22 Dec.
Younger visitors can visit Woodland Santa this Christmas and join Santa in his grotto to listen to Christmas stories with hot chocolate and get an early present. £6.50 Booking essential: by phone 0344 2491895 or at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen