10, April 2012
Timorous Beasties is currently exhibiting in New York as part of Scotland Re:Designed from the 9th to the 12th of April. If you're in New York, please do check it out otherwise enjoy the following questionnaire completed by Alistair and Paul as press for the event -
How do you describe your creativity/style, and how is it different (or not) from yourself?
Traditionally modern, we like to take products and ideas that people are already comfortable with and push them around.
How do you bring your inspiration into reality?
Pencil and paper then scanner and computer then printable or factory.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of being a Scotland based designer?
The accent works for both.
If you couldn't be a designer what else would you be?
Have you a hero or muse?
What makes you different from other Scottish designers?
We are not ginger.
Are there any up and coming designers you admire?
Have you an investor or business support team in place, and if so how did you develop that?
We have always had help and encouragement from Glasgow in general.
What advice would you give a young designer starting out?
Do what you feel is right and get a book keeper.
What motivates you to keep persevering with a career in this industry?
Apart from not being able to do anything else there is always a line of carrots on the horizon.
10 years from now where do you see yourself and what do you have hoped to have achieved?
Do you try to keep up with the trends or do you create your own?
We prefer to look for what is not there rather than follow any trends.
Do you try to send out a message or theme in your products?
Take me home and lie on top of me.
What do you wish people would understand about working in the Interior industry?
It’s the oldest industry after agriculture but before prostitution.
What is the most difficult aspect about running your own brand?
Being consistent, challenging and fresh.
What do you find most rewarding about your career?
We get to do what we trained for.
What are your future plans for the brand?
To be stronger and better known for what we do, to be recognised for our difference or indifference.
What do you hope people wearing your clothes/buying your products will get from it?
A feeling of individuality and that they have made the right decision.
Have you made a fashion faux pas or produced a fashion faux pas?!
Probably, but people have been too kind or too embarrassed to point it out
And Finally: List 3 things nobody knows about you? (Only one needs to be true!)
Pauls is psychotic (not good in crowds)
Ali is neurotic (not good on his own)
We were both slapped by Karl Lagerfeld in a lift in New York for being flippant.