Designer Outdoor Furniture by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez

Meet The Designer | Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez

Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez tell exciting stories together through their Allaperto outdoor furniture series for Italian brand Ethimo. Co-founders of industrial design studio MTD-R, their signature aesthetic is characterised by simplified forms and the use of warming natural materials. Creating furniture with classic fabrics, durable metal frames and weather-resistant synthetic rattan, this collection is ideal for use in luxury patio areas and the most prestigious exclusive hospitality locations.

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Born into the handmade ceramics business of a noble South Tyrolean, Italian designer Matteo Thun has design in his DNA. He studied under Oskar Kokoschka at the Salzburg Academy before completing a doctorate in architecture at the University of Florence. Together with legendary designer Ettore Sottsass, he founded the iconic Memphis Group in 1981 and was a professor of design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna before opening own Milan design studio. Internationally renowned, Matteo Thun has been awarded the prestigious Italian design prize ‘Compasso d’Oro; three times and in 2014 was admitted to the New Yorker Hall of Fame.

Antonio Rodriguez was born and raised in Spain. Establishing the Estudio Valencia A6 for Product Design in 1989, he moved to Milan in 1993 to work at Studio Matsunaga, Ugolini Design and the Taipei Design Center. From 2003, Antonio Rodriguez was Head of Product Design and Partner of Matteo Thun & Partners before partnering with Matteo Thun under the global industrial design collective MTD-R.