Design Icon: Matteo Thun
Meet Matteo Thun, one of the most prominent voices in contemporary design, internationally renowned for his Italian style and his versatility as an architect and designer. Discover his selection of pieces designed for Memphis Milano, UpGroup and Horm, and read about the vision and approach of his studio with partner Antonio Rodriguez.
Matteo Thun was born Bolzano in 1952, in the bilingual region of South Tyrol speaking German and Italian. Raised with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Thun family, he enrolled in the Salzburg Academy studying under prominent artist Oskar Kokoschka and Emilio Vedova, later graduating in 1975 in Architecture at the University of Florence.
In 1978, he moved to Milan where he met Ettore Sottsass, with whom he co-founded Sottsass Associati and the Memphis Group in 1981. Here, he gained prominence for his eclectic, disruptive designs that are already considered iconic in the design scene, such as his sculptural vases in total white. In 1984, after the experience with Memphis where he came in contact with other renowned Italian designers, he founded his own studio in Milan.
His solo experience with his own studio took off almost immediately, giving him the opportunity of working as an art director for Swatch from 1990 to 1993, and granting him a position as a professor of design and ceramics at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Later, his studio expanded into a
Spanish designer Antonio Rodriguez joined Matteo Thun as a partner at the studio in 2003, bringing his timeless and clear style into the creation and shaping of i
His architectural works consequently prioritises aesthetic durability, technological longevity, and the future lifespan of buildings and structures. Of late, his works have strongly featured wellbeing as a core of his philosophy, combining a profound respect for a project’s soul and a sensitive approach to the client’s individuality.
With over 50 years of experience, Matteo Thun is truly an innovator and a staple of Italian design, and continues today to be one of the most prominent voices of contemporaneity and Made in Italy.
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