Matteo Thun, architect and designer, was born in Bolzano in 1952. He studied at the Salzburg Academy with Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After meeting Ettore Sottsass, he became a co-founder of the ‘Memphis’ group in Milan and was a partner at Sottsass Associati from 1980 to 1984. He was 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.
An encounter with Luca Colombo and Antonio Rodriguez led to the founding of Matteo Thun & Partners in 2001, which was later organized into the companies MTLC, MTD-R and MTD-R China. These different creative entities develop projects in the fields of architecture, interior design and product design. The companies employ around seventy professionals, including architects, designers and graphic designers.
Matteo Thun & Partners
Matteo Thun & Partners is a brand for architectural and interior projects as well as for product design, acting on International scale it includes two sub-brands: Matteo Thun and Luca Colombo’s architecture and interior design firm MTLC for Italian projects, Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez’s design studio MTD-R. MTD-R China, a third branch under the same leadership has been opened in 2015
in Shanghai. 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.
Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez
The creative approach of Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, MTD-R, to product design is characterized by simplified forms and the use of warm and natural materials. At the root of each project is an in-depth study of materials, technologies, the market and the client with a view to combining a minimal aesthetic with direct functionality. The goal of the innovative design items created by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez is to influence the evolution of everyday life. The skills of all the operational segments in the head office in Milan converge in MTD-R China: from architecture and interior design to styling and product design.
In this regard, the Shanghai office, led by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, acts as a quality control bridge for projects in Asia and Italian-made creativity. MTD-R China employs a team of native Chinese speakers to guarantee that the projects developed in Milan are carried out correctly throughout Asia. These architects and designers are trained in Milan before starting their project-control activities in Shanghai.