Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Teresa. During the school holidays, she would find old bits of furniture that people didn’t love any more and hide them away in the family shed.
When no-one was around, she would sneak out and rummage through her dad’s old paint tins until she came across something that she could use to transform those unloved pieces of furniture into something that she thought was truly magnificent.
Meanwhile, up North, a boy called David was being asked to paint a mural of Prince Charles and Lady Diana for the teachers’ staff room, while everyone else was out playing. Sometimes it wasn’t so bad being able to draw, like the time he got out of cross-country running when it was hammering down with rain and blowing a gale. Little did he realise that he was going to spend the rest of his life doing it!
Twenty or so years later, the two would eventually meet in a seedy North London pub, and join forces to make sense of it all. And so to the present…
After relocating to Bradford on Avon from London a decade ago, and with a combined passion for furniture and interior design, David and Teresa Beswick – now husband and wife – founded Scout & Boo.
Initially sourcing, restoring and rejuvenating mid-century furniture with unique graphic-led designs, they now make their own pieces, inspired by the aesthetic of the mid-century style that they love. Functional and fun, each of their pieces is an artwork in its own right, and the couple’s striking designs have also been reproduced on their own range of ceramics, homeware and art prints.
Originally from Manchester, David has a degree in Furniture Design and has spent the last 20 years working as a graphic designer and illustrator. He now utilises this knowledge and varied skill set to design and make Scout & Boo’s furniture and create the graphics that have become synonymous with their work.
Having worked for a photography agency whilst living in London, Teresa (originally from Norwich) remains a keen photographer, and her creative direction, in terms of Scout & Boo’s products, brand identity and carefully considered, defined photography, has proved invaluable.
The company name, of course, is taken from Harper Lee’s classic, much-loved American novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley, the misunderstood neighbour of curious little girl Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, would leave objects in a hole in a tree for her to discover; these objects were given with consideration and were cherished by her. David and Teresa’s hope is that Scout & Boo’s pieces will be similarly gifted, cherished, kept and enjoyed.