Matteo Thun: The Index Book | Architecture

There are no vanity editorials in ‘Matteo Thun: The Index Book‘. No ego boosting essays. And no statements on the Italian architect‘s long term impact on the world of design. Just six sets of indexes that allow you to access his work six different ways: alphabetically, typologically, topographically, chronologically, by client name and finally, according to visuals that correspond to each user friendly list.

Much like a helpful inventory of ingredients in the back of a cookbook, Thun’s book brings a scientific organisational approach to his vast body of work, creating along the way a new lexicon for speaking about it. What results is 30 years worth of projects, ‘from coffee cups to restaurants, from mountain resorts to wristwatches, from saucepans to solitary villas’, neatly condensed into a singular, handy user’s guide.

Our Milan editor-at-large, JJ Martin, caught up with the designer to hear more about his reinvention of the classic monograph.

The lists are sensible and original. Why did you decide to organise the material in this way?
The idea started because we were getting daily requests from people asking what the studio did. At a certain point my wife said, ‘you really need to create something that functions like a phone book.’ And here we are. It’s the fastest way to find the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ about our work.

You left out texts on your creative inspiration or mission. Why is that?
That was on purpose. The majority of books on architects and designers are done by creatives, for creatives. This book, on the other hand, doesn’t speak to creatives, but rather to business people, CEOs, decisions-makers and whoever wants a service from this company.

What will non-creatives glean from the lists?
There are different index criteria so you can see what was done in 1982, what was done in Switzerland, what was done for private homes, for hotels, for spas – all the categories of my work, really. The introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist is just two pages, a sort of ‘back to the roots’ that talks about Sotsass, my teachers and my beginnings. And basta. No, self celebration at all.

I’m finding myself in unchartered territory with an architect not in possession of a big ego…
No, it’s the opposite!  I want to avoid speaking subjectively about my work. There’s too much ‘fried air’ in design and architecture today. I’m more interested in the idea of ‘nachschlagewerk’. It’s a German word – better than ‘dictionary’  or ‘phonebook’ – which means you open the right page to know what’s going on.

And once you’re inside the meat of the book with all of the images?
When you look through it you’ll notice there’s a huge linguistic discontinuity. Because if I build in Abu Dabai, it’s just completely different than if I build in the periphery of Milan or in Switzerland. So this means that every project needs to be started from zero and each time you need to create a new language. This fits in with my concept of Zero Design.

Is this your first book?
I did two others in the 1990s, then I decided to never do a book again because they were self-gratifying and showing your muscles isn’t part of my character.  But this is different; this I like.

Matteo Thun: The Index Book | Architecture | Wallpaper* Magazine: design, architecture, fashion, art

German publisher Hatje Cantz has released 'Matteo Thun: The Index Book', a comprehensive retrospective of the Italian architect and designer's practice

German publisher Hatje Cantz has released ‘Matteo Thun: The Index Book’, a comprehensive retrospective of the Italian architect and designer’s practice

Innovation in Eco-Fashion Made in Italy: Tu&Tu in ItaliaWorldWide Web Italy Store

Soft and Colorful Bags for a trendy style, and well-being of the planet. This is Italian Eco-Fashion under the name of Tu&Tu. Bags and other accessories made ​​in Italy, made ​​with microfiber ecological Dinamica by Miko.

Tu&Tu “100% Made in Italy” Company of the week

The microfiber in question derives from recycled PET bottles. In a meter of fabric Dinamica there are approximately 300 grams of polyester recovered, material correspondent to that used for the production of 20 plastic bottles.

Diamond Bag

Diamond Bag

TU&TU is a contemporary eco-fashion lifestyle brand, 100 % made in Italy, which operates with full respect for the eco-system, people and other living creatures.

Abito a fiori con cintura in bamboo

Bamboo Plissè

TU&TU selects fabrics with low environmental impact (carbon footprint, energy use and water footprint), such as certified oganic textiles and yarns, eco-sustainable and recycled materials.

TU&TU stands outside the fast-fashion concept and upholds a people-centered philosophy, in which the individual is not a passive consumer but a person with a vision whose choices generate changes and new values.

TU&TU encourages ethical consumption by offering high-quality stylish yet durable garments, that can take a lot of wear and tear before eventually being recycled once more.

TU&TU is envisioned and produced entirely in Italy, where every step of the process is supervised to defend workers from both exploitation and involvement in any procedure that might be potentially hazardous for their health.

TU&TU is animal-friendly and does not use any material that has necessitated their sacrifice or maltreatment of any kind.

TU&TU has adopted a “zero waste” production policy, and its head offices are located in a solar-powered building.

TU&TU social ethic has introduced us to collaborate with the Lister Dressmaking Social Cooperative established within the Mental Health Department of the Psychiatric Hospital, Trieste.

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Lime reversible trench-coat

Lime reversible trench-coat

Borsette morbide e colorate per uno stile alla moda e attento al benessere del pianeta. Si tratta dell’ecofashion made in Italy con il marchio Tu&Tu. Borsette e tanti altri accessori made in Italy fatti con microfibra ecologica Dinamica by Miko.

La microfibra in questione deriva da bottiglie di PET riciclate. In un metro di tessuto Dinamica ci sono circa 300 grammi di poliestere recuperato, materiale corrispondete a quello utilizzato per la produzione di 20 bottiglie di plastica.

TU&TU e’ una linea di abbigliamento che opera nel più completo rispetto verso l’ecosistema, gli uomini e gli altri esseri viventi, selezionando materiali che hanno causato il minimo impatto sull’ambiente: tessuti biologici certificati, eco-sostenibili e riciclati. TU&TU rispetta gli animali e non utilizza materiali che abbiano comportato la loro uccisione o sfruttamento.

TU&TU e’ una linea di abbigliamento 100% made in Italy. Le collezioni TU&TU sono ideate e realizzate in Italia, per controllare da vicino tutte le fasi del processo produttivo e garantire il rispetto delle condizioni di sicurezza e salute dei lavoratori.

Jeans Coat

Jeans Coat

TU&TU si pone al di fuori del fast-fashion in favore di una visione incentrata sull’individuo, che con le sue scelte crea cambiamenti e costruisce valori. Per sostenere un consumo responsabile, TU&TU offre capi di valore, qualita’ e stile, destinati a durare e a essere vestiti a lungo per poi essere ancora riciclati.

L’attenzione verso il sociale di TU&TU ha condotto alla collaborazione con Cooperativa Lister Sartoria Sociale, che ha sede all’interno del Dipartimento di Salute mentale di Trieste.

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Bargain hunter: January sales bargains

Give your bathroom a makeover on a budget with a little help from C.P. Hart. Its January sale features up to 40 per cent off, with huge savings on collections by Antonio Citterio and exclusive C.P. Hart-designed ranges. The majestic Winchester roll-top bath is sure to create a stunning focal point in any bathroom. This free-standing, elegant design is exclusive to C .P. Hart and is now available for £1,056, down from £1,760. The company has a dedicated team of designers to create the bathroom of your dreams. To view the full range and order, visit or call 0845 873 1121.

Bargain hunter: January sales bargains via @Telegraph

Made in where? Those lies, damned lies and labels

A few weeks ago I was in New York, interviewing the grand fromage – or should that be the Big Pretzel? – of a successful accessories leviathan, when I was asked to turn off my tape recorder. That’s normally the point when you sit back in anticipation of a juicy confession. But this was about manufacturing. Yup, some journalists get all the scoops.

Still, it made me realise how sensitive upmarket brands have become about where their products are made. Ask if they manufacture in China and you get the sheepish/defiant/in-denial or out-and-proud look (Prada has used the “Made In China” tag as a selling point for some less expensive designs)….

Made in where? Those lies, damned lies and labels – Telegraph via @TeleFashion

Made in Scotland: Chanel, and Made in the UK: Victoria Beckham

Made in Scotland: Chanel, and Made in the UK: Victoria Beckham

B&B Italia redefines furniture

IT was 1969. Against the backdrop of anti-war movements, the sexual revolution, and the rise of feminism, maverick Italian designer Gaetano Pesce unveiled the “UP” series of anthropomorphic chairs, a collaboration with Italian furniture maker C&B Italia (later renamed B&B Italia). Of the series, the UP5 was the most notorious: a chair mirroring a female figure tied to a ball-shaped ottoman symbolising the “shackles that keep women subjugated”.

Dubbed “transformation” furniture by Pesce, figuratively and literally, the chair is moulded out of polyurethane foam, compressed under a vacuum until it is flat and packaged in a PVC envelope. When unwrapped, it expands slowly into its curvy shape. Due to popular demand, the UP collection was re-released in 2000 and renamed Serie UP 2000, though the UP5 is no longer flat-packed.

It is B&B Italia’s propensity for such revolutionary technology and distinct design language that makes it one of the top-flight design brands coming out of Italy today.

Noted for its quality, refined furniture with pared-down aesthetics, B&B Italia produces bestsellers like the lean, elegant Charles sofa by influential architect-designer Antonio Citterio and the Grande Papilio armchair by Naoto Fukasawa, the high priest of quiet, ostensibly simple-looking designs.

B&B Italia redefines furniture

Launched in 1997, the iconic Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio is still one of B&B Italia’s bestsellers and best exemplifies the company’s design language.

Launched in 1997, the iconic Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio is still one of B&B Italia’s bestsellers and best exemplifies the company’s design language.

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