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What is this?

White irregular circular motifs on a deep red background. This design was inspired by the isobar, which is a line on a chart or map used to indicate weather patterns or barometric readings.

Why is this in our collection?

Isobar is an excellent example of contemporary British design as well as contemporary wallpaper design in general. The Glasgow design firm, Timorous Beasties, has been of great interest to both the Textiles and Wallcoverings departments since its founding in 1990. The museum acquired three Timorous Beasties textiles that same year. The founders of the group, Paul Simmons and Alistair MacAuley, met as students of textile design at Glasgow School of Art. As Timorous Beasties, they have consistently produced exceptionally innovative work in the field of surface design. Depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, their provocative style was once described as “William... more

This is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 2004 and we acquired it in 2007. Gift of Timorous Beasties.

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Its medium is

screen-print on paper

Its dimensions are

Overall: 251 x 51.5 cm (8 ft. 2 13/16 in. x 20 1/4 in.)

This object was designed by Timorous Beasties

This object was donated by Timorous Beasties

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Sidewall, Isobar, 2004 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=29 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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