Matteo Thun: Pushing the Limits of Design
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Matteo Thun:
Pushing the Limits of Design
Matteo Thun is a world-renowned architect, interior designer, and product designer. He got his start studying un- der the Austrian artist, playwright, and poet Oskar Kokoschka at Salzburg Academy in 1968 and received his architecture degree from the University in Florence in 1975 while working with Italian architect Adolfo Natalini.
Matteo Thun
In 1978, Thun moved to Milan, where he began collaborating
with the well-known Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. Shortly thereafter, in 1981, Thun, Sottsass, and other prominent designers including Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele de Lucchi,
and Michael Graves formed
The Memphis Group, which revo- lutionized the approach to design in the early 1980s and beyond, bending form while retaining
function with fluorescent colors; shiny surfaces; asymmetrical, lopsided shapes; and wavy laminate patterns. Thun was appointed to
the Chair in Product Design and Ceramics by the Vienna Academy for Applied Arts in 1982. He left The Memphis Group in 1984 and set
out on his own to found the Milan- based Studio Matteo Thun. From 1990-1993, Thun also served as the Creative Director of the legendary Swiss watch company, Swatch.
Striving For Longevity
More than 25 years after its incep- tion, Matteo Thun & Partners (MTP) continues to thrive on speed and flexibility, powered by an interna- tional team of about 50 architects, interior designers, stylists, product designers, and graphics design- ers fluent in English, German, and Italian. This talented team focuses their attention on architecture for commercial and residential spaces, including public spaces, energy
units, and masterplans around the world; interior design for restau- rants, hospitality venues, shops, and events; and even high-profile product designs ranging from furniture, to lighting, to food and beverage vessels—like the ubiqui- tous illy cup. Thun has worked
with Bulgari, Campari®, CocaCola®, Fila, KFC®, Philips®, Porsche Design®, Swarovski, Swatch®, Villeroy & Boch, and many other international icons.

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