Mum and Dad
Me and My Sister, born Oxford
Moved to Bristol, age 3
Moved to Manchester in 1987
1985 Started Collecting Penguin Classics
1988, Lived in the Manchester YMCA
Lived in Epping Walk - Hulme
Went out, alot!
On the Berlin wall in 1989
Studied Graphic Design and Industrial Design
College work, Kids Camera
College work, Radio for Quad
1990, Crossed Turkey into Iran
1991, Moved to Italy, Lake Como
1991, Moved to Milan
1991, Called in on Achille Castiglioni, he was great and sent me to see Italo Lupi
1991, Tasted Arugula for the first time
1991, My first Tram in Milan
Domus 1992, they printed my College work
Italo Lupi sent me to Domus Magazine
I was thrilled with this at the time. IDYB 1993
1992, Marco Zanuso gave me my first chance to work in a studio in Milan, thanks Marco, I learnt alot with you.
1993 Aldo! What a time I had with you...If you know Aldo you will know what I mean..lots of good laughs and a few tears!
Technogym saw the college work in Domus Magazine and called me, thanks to Claudio Monti. 1993 -1995
1993, Designed the XT Cardio range for Technogym
1993 Started working at Nava Design as Design Director. Thanks Rinaldo Nava
Sketched in 1993, produced and went on sale in 1995, still available today
I was 23 when Alessi asked me to design a Honey Pot
“Theo designed the Honey Pot when he was 25 years old. It was launched in 1995. He remains the youngest designer ever to have a product made by Alessi. The honey jar remains a classic” Alberto Alessi
Thanks James for all your help and advice. x
1995 & 1996 Design Plus for Nava Design
Negroni, then and still now!
1998, Opened first Studio in Milan, Via Solferino
Started drinking Martini's with Christoph Radl. Thanks for all the help & advice. Un abbraccio, x.
2000, Tasted Spaghetti alla Bottarga for the first time, I'm addicted
2001, Moved to Paris as Creative Director at Lexon, week on week off for 2 years
2001/2002 Design Plus for Lexon
James and Marialaura's wedding
2001, Opened second Studio in Milan, Via Fumagalli, on the canal.
2002, Wallpaper Award for Best Bathroom Accessories
18 Years in Milan
2003 Moved to Amsterdam as Design Director for Mexx
2004, Thanks Dad for helping out on the house.
2.5 Years as Design Director for MexxView More
2006, Matiss was born in Amsterdam
2006, Moved to London as Creative Director at Habitat.
5 Years as Creative Director Habitat
2011, 3 Years as Head of Design at John Lewis
2014, Opened Studio in London, Lonsdale Road, Queens Park
Emile hard at work...