Matteo Thun

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Matteo Thun, born in 1952 in Bolzano, Italy, is an architect and designerMATTEO THUN was Born in 1952 in Bolzano/South Tirol. Studied under Oskar Kokoschka at the Salzburg Academy. In 1975 he was awarded his P.H.D. in architecture at the University of Florence, Italy. In 1981 in collaboration with Ettore Sottsass, he founded Sottsass Associati and the Memphis design group and between 1983 and 1996 he was Professor of Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Matteo Thun inaugurated his own Design Studio in Milan, Via Appiani 9, in 1984. Thun represents the “Second Generation” of modern architects. Not easy to define from a stylistic point of view, he differentiates "his artwork" from the other prominent "signature-architects"of the eighties by his distrust versus settled thinking and working models. Matteo Thun has always avoided a defined identity, neither in architecture nor in design, because a specified identity would only put pressure on him to always create the same type of works. For his customers he looks for strategies able to multiply identities and not to concentrate on one and the same.

Matteo Thun, Laurum marinus, teapot and coffeepot, Alessio Sarri Ceramiche, 1982

Early years[edit]

Thun studied at the Salzburg Academy under the supervision of Oskar Kokoschka. He then obtained a degree in architecture in Florence, Italy, in 1975. In 1978 he moved to Milan, starting to work with Ettore Sottsass.

Memphis Group[edit]

In 1981, he was one of the co-founders of the Memphis Group, a design movement that helped shape form and style throughout the 1980s. The following year, he was appointed the chair in product design and ceramics by the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

In 1984 he founded his Studio, in Milan, Italy. Between 1990 and 1993, he worked as the Creative Director at Swatch.


Matteo Thun has worked for Artemide, Catalano, Driade, Illy, Philips Electronics, Fontana Arte, Missoni, Porsche Design, VitrA, Villeroy & Boch, Vapiano,Valli&Valli/Assa Abloy and Zucchetti, among others, .


Bio Power Station, Schwendi, Germany
  • Watches for Bulgari and Swatch;
  • Glasses for Campari,
  • Espresso-Cup for Illy, Lavazza, Hausbrandt and Meinl;
  • Lightning systems for AEG, Zumtobel, Flos and Artemide;
  • Acoustic Panel "Pannello" for Ruckstuhl.
  • Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, the first Hotel Missoni property in the world; opening June 2009
  • Hotel Missoni Kuwait, a Hotel Missoni property in the world; opening Q3 2009


Thun obtained the prestigious ADI Compasso d'Oro Award for design excellence three times.

In 2001, the 'Side Hotel' he designed in Hamburg was selected as Hotel of the Year. In 2004, the 'Vigilius Mountain Resort' won the Wallpaper Design Award while in 2005 the 'Radisson SAS' in Frankfurt became the 'best hotel opened in the year' in the Worldwide Hospitality Awards.

In 2004, December, Matteo Thun was chosen for the 'Interior Hall of Fame' in New York. He has also become a member of RIBA, the 'Royal Association of British Architects'.

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