Matteo Thun, architect and designer, was born in Bolzano in 1952. He studied at the Salzburg Academy and at the University of Florence. He worked as a professor of design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Wien) from 1983 to 2000. In 1984 he opened his own studio in Milan and became the Art Director for Swatch from 1990 to 1993.
In 2001 encounter with Luca Colombo, Herbert Rathmaier and Antonio Rodriguez led to the founding of frequently awarded design practice Matteo Thun & Partners, which was later organized into the companies MTLC, MTDR and Matteo Thun & Partners China. These different creative entities develop projects in the fields of architecture, interior design and product design. The companies employ around sixty professionals, including architects, designers and graphic designers.
A common factor in the creative activities of Matteo Thun & Partners is the connection between the built environment and the surrounding context. Their projects are sustainable, both in terms of environmental sustainability and durability of performance and aesthetic. A simple appearance and natural materials prevail in product design, bringing objects to life which come close to the iconography of their archetype and stay away from stylistic ‘isms’ in both small and large-scale projects.
The interior design by Matteo Thun & Partners follows the principle of sustainability by seeking the 3 Zeros – zero CO2, zero km, and zero waste. Through simplicity of design, functionality and a selection of shapes and materials according to the Genius Loci – the soul of the place – arise aesthetic value and durability. Moreover, Matteo Thun & Partners believe in the invisible qualities of an interior design, including aspects such as energy efficiency, noise reduction, natural light, visual contact with nature and a comfortable indoor climate through climate management.
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