«In the Summer of 2009» - more than a book about design

The book "In the Summer of 2009" stages around 50 design objects and interiors by the Italian designer and architect Matteo Thun. It shows a so far unpublished series of images by Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer.
byFabrizio D'Aloisio

The book is a humorous merging of the then young sons with the oeuvre of their famous father: a humorous homage to Matteo Thun, one of the most important designers and architects of Italy, and its furniture, products, interiors and buildings.

Susanne Thun, the architect's wife and muse, inspired the Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer to travel from Switzerland to Italy in the summer of 2009, during which he photographed numerous of Thun's design objects.

He did not do this as a dry object documentation, but in the sense of highly lively "tableaux vivants": Pfeiffer was namely accompanied by the two then teenage sons of Matteo and Susanne, who thus form the main visual narrative of the book and are depicted together with the objects. This photographic panorama is supplemented by an index of all the products and projects shown.

In the summer of 2009
– Edited by Susanne Thun, designed by Studio Marie Lusa
– Hardcover/136 pages, 89 color illustrations, 20.5x28cm
– ISBN 978-3-03942-137-4
– English
– approx. CHF. 49.– | € 48.–
Publication date: End of February 2023, Scheidegger & Spiess. Available in all bookstores and through the publisher's web shop.

Walter Pfeiffer and Susanne Thun under the lemon trees.
Exploring the Hugo Boss headquarters in Coldrerio, designed by Matteo Thun in 2006. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
Susanne Thun turns the camera on Walter Pfeiffer. Photograph by Susanne Thun
The boys make friends in South Tyrol. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
Packing can be tiring work. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
Home in Capri: the Cordial glass collection, designed by Matteo Thun for Campari in 1986. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
The boys model the (S)unlimited sunglasses Matteo Thun designed for Silhouette in 2008. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
Poldi and Tin Tin defy gravity on a staircase at the Vigilius Mountain Resort in South Tyrol, designed by Matteo Thun in 2003. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
Poldi in the Ofurò wooden bathtub Matteo Thun designed for Rapsel in 2009. © Photo: Walter Pfeiffer
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