Matteo Thun
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Architectural visions in aquarelle

Casual gestures of lines, the colors of nature, rolling shapes – these are the elements of Matteo Thun’s architectural visions on paper in aquarelle. The initial drafted manifestations of his structural creativity, these sketches are an art form unto themselves and captivate us with their simple beauty, clarity, and the melding of structure and landscape.

The star architect and Milan resident, born in Bolzano, Italy, is dedicated to a style of building that integrates nature, transparency, and socio-cultural aspects into a sustainable whole. The genius loci – the particular spirit or atmosphere of a place – is crucial to his work. The landscape should operate as a cultural landscape; the buildings should disappear into it by assuming similar characteristics while translating these into discreet architectural elements. Natural materials such as regional wood and stone, glass, and soft natural materials for the interiors, as well as forms borrowed from the surrounding environment, play a crucial role: the Pergola Residence in Algund near Meran, Italy allows the vineyard to flow into the resort and the 12 apartments, two suites, breakfast room, and spa. A location’s climatic conditions are always integrated into the buildings’ energy supply, while large glass panels continuously create a flow between inside and out.

Thun’s aquarelles exude tranquility, concentration, and the desire to harmonize architecture and nature and best exemplify the goals of his designs. The soft stroke of the brush, the harmonious unity of building and landscape in the image, the lines reduced only to the essentials are congenial artistic expressions of Thun’s architectural visions – visions of sustainable architecture one with nature.
1952Born in Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy
1973 - 1976Studied at the Akademie für Kunst in Salzburg under Professor Oskar Kokoschka
1975    Received doctorate in architecture from the University of Florence
1980 - 1984Co-founded the Memphis- group in Milan and became a partner of the Sottsass Associati together with Ettore Sottsass
1983 - 2000Taught at the School for Applied Arts in Vienna
1984    Inaugurated his own course of study in Milan
1990 -1993Art Director for Swatch
2000    Founded his current company with the partners Luca Colombo, Herbert Rathmaier and Antonio Rodriguez

Lives and works in Mailand

Awards (Selection)

2010    iF Product Design Award 2010 Controll point: Zumtobel CIRIA Zumtobel Ciria Lighting
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 Best cook's kit: Terra saucepans for TVS TVS Terra Cookware
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 Best bath: Ofuro for Rapsel Rapsel Ofuro Bath
Design Plus Award 2010 Terra Collection for TVS TVS Terra Cookware
2009    Good Design Award 2009 One collection Il bagno che non c'è for Rapsel Rapsel Che non C'è
New Classic Award Magazin Schöner Wohnen Zwilling Twin 1731
Editors Awards 2009 (ICFF) New York One collection Il bagno che non c'è for Rapsel Rapsel Il bagno che non c'è
Interior Design Best of the Year Winner 2009 Rapsel Il bagno che non c'è
Vorarlberger Holzbaupreise Binder Woodcenter
Beispielhaftes Bauen Landkreis Biberach 2002-2009 Bio Power Station
Ischia Premio Architettura, Premio alla carriera Matteo Thun
Red Dot Award for Product Design Wood & Laminate Edition 1 - Floor
Nomination for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany Muse - Ceramic Collection Catalano
2008    Water Innovation Award 2008, bronze medal in Best Bottle in Glass Valverde - Bottle design
IF Contractworld Award for Architektur und Boden Wood & Laminate Edition 1 - Floor
IF Product Design Award Muse - Ceramic Collection Catalano
2007    Design Award Gold Archetun - Pans TVS
Prix Acier Construction, Swiss Institute of Steel
Construction Strategic Business Unit / Hugo Boss Industries
New Classic Award, Magazine 'Schöner Wohnen' Isu - Seating Collection Driade
Good Design Award Roma - Ceramic Collection Catalano
2006    Red Dot Award for Product Design Porsche Design Store
Worldwide Hospitality Awards Radisson Sas Hotel Frankfurt
Design plus Archetun - Pans TVS
IF Product Design Award Roma - Ceramic Collection Catalano
Award Legambiente/Regione Lombardia Vigilius Mountain Resort
Neue Horizonte/Ideenpool Holz 21: Elf Gute Ideen zu Holz Strategic Business Unit / Hugo Boss
2005    Panda d'oro Best Hotel Opened in the Year, WWF, Italy Vigilius Mountain Resort
2004    Compasso d'oro Girly System - Sanitary Fittings Catalano
Wallpaper Design Award Vigilius Mountain Resort
Gala SPA Award Vigilius Mountain Resort
Hall of Fame in New York
2003    ADI Design System : Architecture and Technology International Prize Thun - Wash Basins Catalano
Good Design Award Thun - Wash Basins Catalano
ADI Design System : Architecture and Technology International Prize Girly System - Sanitary Fittings Catalano
ADI Design System: Architecture and Technology International Prize Isy System Zucchetti
2002    Red Dot Award for Product Design Isy System Zucchetti
2001    Hotel des Jahres 2001 Side Hotel Hamburg
2000    Industrial Design Forma Forum Heidis Rubner Haus

IF Contractworld Award Missoni Shop System

IF Contractworld Award - Fila Shop
1997    Baden-Württemberg International Design Award - O Sole Mio Griffnerhaus
1989    Forum Design Award 1989 Design Innovation - Vorwerk Premium Carpets
Design of the year in Austria - Via Col Vento – Campari Corporate

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