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interview: timorous beasties

perspectives
By Jana Schiowitz

far out
Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley are the daring and imaginative minds behind Timorous Beasties. They took the name for their Glasgow-based design studio from Robert Burns’ poem, To A Mouse. And just as “the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew,” so do their designs: scenic patterns filled with drug addicts, cities in turmoil, and violence that both offend and capture audiences at the same time. The duo met at the Glasgow School of Art and opened their own studio, specializing in textiles and wallcoverings, upon graduation in 1990. Their success has been steady mental. And the worst thing is, small things start to irritate you, like when Ali taps his foot during meetings! HD: Why was it important to you to begin manufacturing your own products early on? PS: Because nobody wanted to buy them! Actually, it seems to be a recurring pattern in the way we work. We always end up doing things ourselves. Sometimes one can presume someone out there is going to take you by the hand and help you through the jungle. Unfortunately, it isn’t so. You soon realize you make your own path and create your own luck. HD: Where do you get inspiration?

Top right: Paul Simmons (left) and Alistair McAuley of Timorous Beasties. Above: Aviary, one of seven themes from the new Timorous Beasties Rugs by Brintons collection, a line that explores natural and spiritual elements. Right: The Euro Damask wallpaper line in three colors.

AM: We get asked this question all the time, and I guess the answer is anything and everything. HD: Some of your early work has been described as ‘William Morris on acid.’ How would you describe it? AM: Damian Hirst on Ovaltine is the

ever since with numerous awards, projects, and product commissions for companies ranging from Nike to Brintons. Their graphics are bold, the pictures are provocative, and their experimentation with materials, colors, and themes is like no other. HD: What about art piqued your interest and made you both want to pursue it as a career? PS: A process of elimination, then thanks to the existence of art school, we didn’t become hairdressers.

other one I heard. I guess it’s a highly skilled unconventional take on pattern? HD: The images and patterns you create are anything but conventional. Why go the surreal and provocative route? PS: It’s a matter of taste. Who do you prefer? Hogarth or Boucher? Punk or Cliff Richard? Vibrant color or shades of beige? I just prefer for things to be a bit more interesting. HD: You lean toward urban social realism and political issues as in

HD: What’s the best and worst thing about working together? PS: It’s good to have someone else to blame. Just kidding, it’s good to have someone else to confer with, otherwise, you just think you’re

your design for the Glasgow Toile. Why is that? PS: The original Toile de Jouy fabrics were often depictions of life at the time of their creation or images of political and social events,

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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Interviews
Profiles
Bathroom
Lighting
Wallcoverings
Flooring
Habitat Valencia
Uchiko
The Boards
The Spa at Trump Soho
Back Space
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