Architect and designer Matteo Thun, born in Bolzano (1952), studied at the Academy of Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After he met Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun became co-founder of the Memphis group in Milan and partner of Sottsass Associati from 1980 to 1984. From 1983 to 2000 he taught design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Wien). From 1990 to 1993 he became Art Director for Swatch. In 1984 he opened his own office in Milan. He was awarded the prestigious Compasso d’Oro prize three times .
Matteo Thun’s design is based on the philosophy ZERO Design and a holistic approach: buildings need interiors, interiors need products, products need designers, manufacturers and users. A design revealing less weight and more light - pure form and function.
The formal simplification and the employment of warm and natural materials characterise the creative approach of Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez’ product design. The thorough study of materials, technologies, market and of the commission, in order to combine essential aesthetics and immediate functionality, are at heart of each single project. The aim of the innovative elements of Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez’ design is to influence the evolution of everyday gestures.