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Matteo Thun | Matteo Thun & Partners | Milan, Italy
At Hugo Boss' Swiss head- quarters, larch wood weaves itself around glass, steel, and concrete to promote an airy and natural feeling.
For their work, MTP has garnered a number of high-profile recognitions. The firm recently won the Good Design Award, The Simon Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement
by Designer magazine, The Green Good Design Award, and Product of the Year by the UK Grand Designs. Additionally, the Side Hotel in Hamburg was chosen
as "Hotel of the Year" in 2011
for Thun's interior design, light- ing, and product design. The Vigilius Mountain Resort won the Wallpaper® Design Award in 2004, and the Radisson SAS Frankfurt was chosen as the best hotel opened that year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in 2005.
Thun also received the coveted Prix Acier Construction Award
for the Hugo Boss Strategic Business Unit in Switzerland in 2007. He has claimed the presti- gious ADI Compasso d’Oro three times, and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in New York in 2004. He is a member of RIBA, the Royal Association of British Architects.
Thun’s holistic approach to design concentrates on longevity in several areas. “Architecture means design- ing the soul of the place,” he says. “This implies an aesthetic, econom- ic, and technological sustainability. It means to create a synthesis of the existing, the purpose, and the
area. The solution is different each time.” In the breadth of work he has created, sustainability is a common denominator, even for varying de- signs. Product design, too, is meant to be long lasting. “Product design must reflect the soul of the brand.
It is architecture of simple, pure, and beautiful gestures to serve
a daily life that goes well beyond our present life. Less weight and more light is key,” says Thun.
“We create products that tell ideas without words—products that are mobile because contemporary lives are nomadic. We create products that tell stories of sustainability because environmental necessities ask for it.”

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