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IntroductionArchitectural 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.Bio
1952 Born in Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy 1973 - 1976 Studied at the Akademie für Kunst in Salzburg under Professor Oskar Kokoschka 1975 Received doctorate in architecture from the University of Florence 1980 - 1984 Co-founded the Memphis- group in Milan and became a partner of the Sottsass Associati together with Ettore Sottsass
1983 - 2000 Taught at the School for Applied Arts in Vienna 1984 Inaugurated his own course of study in Milan 1990 -1993 Art Director for Swatch 2000 Founded his current company with the partners Luca Colombo, Herbert Rathmaier and Antonio Rodriguez
Lives and works in MailandAwards
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 1987
Design of the year in Austria - Via Col Vento – Campari Corporate
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