Kurt Thut (1931 – 2011) Swiss Designer and Manufacturer

Kurt Thut Swiss Designer
Kurt Thut Swiss Designer

Kurt Thut (b. 1931-2011) was born in Möriken, Switzerland. In his father’s workshop, while attending the School of Art and Design in Zurich, Thut improved his carpentry skills.

Biography

Years later, he took over the workshop and managed to turn it into a specialised industrial manufacturing company that exported products for the first time. This is how Thut Möbel AG came into being, playing designer, developer, engineer and producer. Thut belongs to that rare species of manufacturers who design their own products.

Screen bed designed by Kurt Thut (1990)
Screen bed designed by Kurt Thut (1990)
Alucobond Sideboard NR.460 designed by Kurt Thut
Alucobond Sideboard NR.460 designed by Kurt Thut

Whatever sells is allowed.

Thut said about design concepts, “Whatever sells is allowed,” he explains. In 1958 Thut, Robert and Trix Haussmann and Hans Eichenberger founded the design group Swiss Design. It was around this time that furniture from Switzerland began to achieve international fame. Thut drew inspiration for his work from the Bauhaus and met the design industry’s continually changing requirements with an approach that emphasised continuity, imagination, and functionality.

No. 385 Foil Cupboard (1994) designed by Kurt Thut
No. 385 Foil Cupboard (1994) designed by Kurt Thut
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Old Bench designed by Kurt Thut
Old Bench designed by Kurt Thut

Believing that good design must be simple and simple above all else, Thut’s best-known works remain true to his philosophy. The sideboard of the series 694 (1953) and the sofa KT-221 (1956) for the brand De Sede adhere to these principles.

Thut Möbel won the Swiss Grand Prix of Design in 2009. He died in 2011.

Sources

Abendroth, U., & Polster, B. (1999). World design: 1 century, 400 designers, 1000 objects. Pavilion.

Polster, B. (2006). The A-Z of modern design. Merrell.

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