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Surreal and Provocative Wallpaper
Apr 16, 2007By: Juan Carlos Bonilla -
Timorous Beasties is an ultra hip textile and wallpaper design studio. Each design is unique and provocative with retro fashion concepts, intricate details and strong colors. The site describes, "Noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio Timorous Beasties was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who had met while studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. By depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties has defined an iconoclastic style of design once described as â€œWilliam Morris on acid.â€ Typical is the Glasgow Toile. At first glance it looks like one of the magnificent vistas portrayed on early 1800s Toile de Jouy wallpaper, but closer inspection reveals a nightmarish vision of contemporary Glasgow where crack addicts, prostitutes and the homeless are depicted against a forbidding backdrop of dilapidated tower blocks and scavenging seagulls."