‘ the work of MattonOffice is situated somewhere between eco-design, artist actionism and performative urbanism'
Since Ton Matton was fed up of Dutch Suburbia spatial planning, the former German Democratic Republic village-school of Wendorf is the base for the MattonOffice. Inbetween Hamburg and Berlin he makes inside the small-village structures a huge areal of atelier, workshop, animals and plants. Inside the hypermodern living inbetween big-city-behaviour and wood-stove heating, Matton is looking for connections between the traditional living on the countryside and contemporary mega-city-lifestyle. „The fact, that I live in Wendorf doesn't mean that I can't be reached. I live in Central Europe. I have a satellite Internet, a Lada Niva four-wheel drive, and a mobile phone, like everyone else in the Global Village.” (A10 Magazine, Wonderland 2006)
After his study Cityplanning in the Delft Technical University (1991) Ton Matton started in Rotterdam the Schie 2.0 office, urban and environmental design, looking for transformations of autarkic architectural moments. Schie 2.0 was part of the dutch designgroup of the nineties, who worked on an amnesty for the build reality, and who experimentally, emphatically explain the problems of planning and city-design. The most strong projects are those where Matton, by changing the point of view on a situation, also changed the way of looking towards this situation; de facto you have to consider this as a design.
semi-autarkic applied architectural thinking
With his Wendorf Academy Ton Matton tries with ever changing cooperations to find the small Utopias and interruptions of daily life. Matton sees nature as an object to aesthetical mediation from crisis situations in society.
MattonOffice participated in a.o. Archilab (Orléans/Frankreich), Biennale Sao Paulo, Biennale Manifesta 2 (Ljubljana), Architecture Biennale Venice, Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture.
Projects were a.o. in the Salone del Mobile in Milano , in RIBA, Londen, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Museum Boymans van Beuningen Rotterdam, in Gallery De Appel Amsterdam, Galery Aedes Berlin, IBA Hamburg and in the traveling-exhition Nine+One from the NAi Rotterdam. The famous Dutch Designlabel Droog took some of the objects of Matton in his collection witch were shown in a.o. Berlin, München, Bremen, Los Angeles, Curitiba, Paris, New York und Zürich.
At the moment MattonOffice just finished the rebuilding Type EW 58, the recycling of a simple (GDR) familyhouse, is researching the possibilities of a ‚slow development plan’ and preparing the 4rd phase of the Great potemkin Cirkus in some small shrinking cities in Mecklenburg Vorpommern.
As professor space&designSTRATEGIES
prof. Matton works since 2015 with his team on a.o. the subjects: Cow (shrinking village of Gottsbüren), NOT WELCOME! (refugee research), BayWatch (see level rising in village of Totope, Ghana), Daily Life, Street (in times of corona) and Kuh again (in the broken city of Tribsees)