Press Release:
Brintons and Timorous Beasties launch Craigend Collection with spectacular installation at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

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Expert carpet manufacturer Brintons launches the new Craigend Collection designed by long-term collaborators Timorous Beasties at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Taking over St Johns Square, the collection is debuted in a pop-up installation designed by Studio Shaw Architects.

Brintons and Timorous Beasties Installation at St John’s Square, Clerkenwell Design Week

Famous for their outstanding diversity of pattern, Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties present Craigend, their third collection with Brintons. Named after Craigend Place, home of the Glasgow based Timorous Beasties studio and birth place of the designs, the collection name is also inspired by the old Gaelic word ‘Creag’, which means rock.

The installation at Clerkenwell Design Week showcases a unique selection of axminster woven carpets taken from the new Craigend Collection. Visitors are taken on a journey through the pop-up installation, where the full-scale patterns transport the audience into a world inspired by the textures and sights of the natural world.

The commercial collection is inspired by textures and surfaces found naturally underfoot, all reimagined in the Brintons’ signature 80/20 blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. With Craigend, Timorous Beasties have called upon their fascination with the often-brutal beauty of the natural world, as well as taking aesthetic inspiration from different crafting materials including paint, ink and fabric.

Brintons and Timorous Beasties Installation at St John’s Square, Clerkenwell Design Week

The Craigend Collection is formed of 9 designs:

The Stone Moss & Moss design takes its inspiration from the surface of ancient stones and trees and the mosses and lichen that thrive there. Timorous Beasties wanted to emulate the pathways and arteries formed by these self-contained miniature eco-systems that grow underfoot.

Shot Moiré & Moiré was inspired by the undulating waves of moiré; a silk fabric that has been heated and applied with pressure to give it a rippled appearance, this all-over tonal pattern creates a carpet that looks almost ribbed in texture and evokes the waves of water.

Shoreline & Estuary takes its inspiration from where the ocean meets the land, and emulates the delicate patterns left by the sea as the tide washes over the sand. Timorous Beasties worked closely with Brintons on the striking colours of this carpet to give a dense, multidimensional appearance.

Coast & Shale takes an aerial view of the coast line and the cliff faces that surrounds it, this design creates a contemporary effect; colours are inspired by the deep dark blues of the ocean, soft grey rocks and the bright algae which grows there.

Brintons and Timorous Beasties Installation at St John’s Square, Clerkenwell Design Week

Magma is inspired by the geological layers of molten lava beneath the Earth’s surface, Magma is a tonal design which swirls and mixes monotone shades with vibrant green highlights.

Terrain looks at topography and maps, Timorous Beasties created an aerial view of a terrain rich in colour and depth for this carpet design.

Passiflora & Linnaeus is inspired by the passion flower, a vine flower with a unique floral structure of winding tendrils and a distinctive corona. The design features the distinctive flower head growing and winding around a space.

Highland & Highland Field design features fallen feathers mingling with thistle from Scotland, creating a carpet within a carpet evoking the natural world. One design with two widths, Highland works well in a corridor whereas Highland Field creates a beautiful trim effect in a room.

Ruskin takes its cues from embroidery and reinvents the iconic Ruskin pattern inspired by the English art critic John Ruskin with delicate florals and pools of vibrant colours.

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, founders of Timorous Beasties in their installation with Brintons

Founders of Timorous Beasties Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons comment, “With Craigend we have created carpets within carpets referencing natural textures found underfoot. For example, our Terrain design is inspired by maps and topography, but the construction of the pattern is influenced by the Rorschach inkblot test, which has been a reference point for some of our own collections of wallpapers and fabrics. This design allowed us – together with Brintons – to play with colour; the deep blue-green tones of Lagoon evoke memories of the sea whilst Earth is made up of soft and warm shades, and Ash is a monotone take on the pattern. Coast & Shale is a contemporary take on an aerial view we took of the coast line and its surrounding cliff faces; colours are inspired by the deep dark blues of the ocean, rocky greys, and the bright algae which grows there.”
Emma Cassidy, Head of Creative Design EMEA at Brintons comments, ‘The Craigend Collection is targeted for the commercial market, we want this collection to inspire our clients to adapt and recolour the designs to suit their scheme. Our intention for this collection was to create a range of designs that are user friendly, affordable and not overly complicated to adapt. The collection features co-ordinating designs, which enables the client to connect different spaces together in a cohesive way’

Issued on behalf of Brintons by Caro Communications.
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