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Thut Kurt

Thut Kurt

Kurt Thut was born in 1931 in Möriken. He was a Swiss furniture designer, interior architect and designer.

In 1947-1950 Kurt Thut learned the carpentry trade in his father’s company. From 1952 to 1955 he continued his education as an interior designer and designer with Willy Guhl and Hans Fischli at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich. For two years he worked in Hans Fischli’s office in Zurich and from 1958 to 1961 was an assistant at the interior design department of KGS Zurich. From then on he lived in Zurich as an architect and designer with his own office. Together with Robert and Trix Hausmann, Hans Eichenberger and Teo Jakob, he founded “Swiss Design” in 1958. From 1953 he fundamentally changed his father’s company with the ideas he had acquired during his training. In 1958 a production hall was built according to his plans. In 1970 Kurt Thut founded Thut AG in Möriken, which he transferred to his sons at the age of seventy. He was actively involved in the company’s affairs until the very end and died in 2011 shortly before his eightieth birthday.

The modern kidney-shaped table style of the 1950s and the usual solid carpentry furniture of that time contradicted the ideals of the young architect influenced by the Bauhaus style and Mies van der Rohe. His designs were used to create interiors, as well as seating and cupboard furniture, which he produced himself if possible. He built his own manufacturing and exhibition halls and three detached houses clad with fibre concrete panels. When his sons joined the company, new materials and production methods were introduced.

He passed away in 2011.

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