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 cofounder 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. In 2003, Spanish designer Antonio Rodriguez starts his collaboration with Matteo Thun. The two subsequently become partners of their design practice MTD-R, with offices in Milan and Shanghai. The creative approach of Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez 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. Innovation of the design items created by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez often is related to the influence on gestures and the evolution of everyday life.