Glasgow-based designers Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons – the creative duo behind Timorous Beasties – exhibited in our Gallery in March 2015 with their ‘Bedsit’ exhibition – transforming The Gallery into a space to inhabit; with re-constructed sofas, bespoke wallpaper and a velvet bed.
Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, we sat down with Alistair and Paul to find out about their niche designs, working ethos, and the process and inspiration behind the work in the show.
Founded in 1990, their work could be seen as a wayward take on the often “twee” world of textiles, with heavily illustrative insects, ‘triffid-like’ plants, birds and other animals.
They are known for their contemporary take on the ‘Toile de Jouy’ fabrics of Napoleonic France and have designed a number of toiles based on different cities around the world, including London, Glasgow and New York.
Timorous Beasties have collaborated, designed and been commissioned by many brands, clients and projects, including Netjets, Fortnum and Mason, The Wellcome Trust, Philip Treacy, Kate Bush, Famous Grouse Whisky and Nike.
For their installation at Plymouth College of Art, Timorous Beasties explored the relationship of pattern over different surfaces and substrates. The show, Timorous Beasties 'Bedsit', took place from Wednesday 2 March to Saturday 16 April 2016.
Filming and editing by Robert Marshall and Aden Barwick of Round One Films Ltd, BA (Hons) Film graduates.
Directed by Sarah Packer, BA (Hons) Photography graduate. Assisted by Maxine Aylett.
Music by EifiE.