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This is lace with thrills, not frills

The Glasgow design company that’s breathing new life into lace

This is lace with thrills, not frills

April 13 2011
Lucia van der Post

The mood in interiors is getting prettier and prettier. China is bedecked with colourful flowers, while furniture with curves and decorative details is back in fashion. Right in tune with this romantic mood is a new-found love of lace. Timorous Beasties, the Glaswegian design company that became famous for its subversive take on traditional toile de jouy patterns, has come up with a ravishing collection of six lace fabrics. As co-founder Paul Simmons puts it: “Lace is under-used because people associate it with a suffocating paper doily look, but it’s a wonderful fabric for giving people privacy and yet letting the light still come in.”

They launched this collection after they’d been asked by a leading avant-garde artist and his wife to come up with a solution for the windows of an ultra-modern house. The lace is made in the last factory that still makes traditional Nottingham lace (though it is no longer, alas, in Nottingham, but Ayrshire) and it’s 98 per cent cotton. If it seems expensive at £72 per metre, that’s because the price of cotton has risen stratospherically. Four of the laces are based on Oriental designs (two pictured), while the remaining two are abstract designs ideal for large windows.