Matteo Thun has worked with Rapsel extensively in his prolific career. With countless accolades to his name, he’s been the recipient of awards like the IF Product Design Award, Wallpaper Design Award, and Interior Design Award. To celebrate his latest collaboration with Rapsel on the ONE Collection of Invisible Bath, Matteo Thun answered a few questions about his design philosophy and the overall state of design today:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to fly
When did you learn the most?
Working with Ettore Sottsass, my maestro.
What code do you live and work by?
Eco not ego.
What are some positive recent developments in the design world?
The recession has forced designers back to the roots and simplicity of design.
What’s the one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet?
I would love to control my schedule. Hasn’t happened yet.
What is your favorite color?
Pale pink orange reflecting this morning at 5 am on the mountain I can see from my house in Capri
People would be surprised to find out?
That nearly all my professional decisions are precise inputs from my wife.
What do you do best?
Listen to clients specific requests.
What else could you imagine yourself doing?
What’s your design philosophy?
The genius loci: finding out the soul of the place, the country.
If you could speak with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
The big Renaissance heros: Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci because they did not distinguish between architecture, painting, sculpture, and writing.