Kurt Thut

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Kurt Thut (* 1931 in Möriken ; † 2011 ) was a Swiss furniture constructor, interior architect and designer.


Kurt Thut learned the carpentry trade in his father's company from 1947 to 1950. From 1952 to 1955 he trained as an interior architect and designer with Willy Guhl and Hans Fischli at the Zurich School of Applied Arts . He worked for two years in Hans Fischli's office in Zurich, and from 1958 to 1961 he was an assistant in the interior design class at KGS Zurich. From then on he lived in Zurich as an architect and designer with his own office. In 1958 he founded “Swiss Design” with Robert and Trix Hausmann , Hans Eichenberger and Teo Jakob . Starting in 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 then founded Thut AG in Möriken, which he passed on to his sons when he was seventy. He was actively involved in the company's activities until the end and died in 2011 shortly before his eightieth birthday.


The modern kidney- shaped table of the fifties and the usual massive cabinet- making furniture of that time went against the ideals of the young architect, who was influenced by the Bauhaus style and Mies van der Rohe . Interior fittings as well as seating and cupboard furniture were created based on his designs, which he manufactured himself if possible. As high-rise buildings, he realized his own production and exhibition halls and three single-family houses clad with fiber-reinforced concrete panels. When the sons joined the company, new materials and manufacturing methods were also introduced.


  • 1953 Shop conversion of the Zurich Furniture Cooperative (installation of ceilings and walls)
  • 1953 to 1954 carcasses made of maple wood and colored lacquered Pavatex panels. Desk and folding table. Armchairs with a round iron frame and glued plywood and padded sheet metal shell. Wooden chairs with movable backs, covered with canvas or Jonc mesh. Wooden extension table
  • 1955 Shop conversion by Theo Jakob Bern (installation of luminous ceiling)
  • 1956–1958 armchairs with fixed upholstery and screwed steel profiles, sofas and desks. Body made of aluminum profiles, armchairs made of steel tubes and pressed plywood shells with cushion cover
  • 1958 Interior decoration of the Maison de Loëx
  • 1958 workshop building, Thut AG, Möriken
  • 1958–1963 Further developed tables and seating furniture
  • 1963 family house of parents
  • 1967 Amstutz single-family home, Nyon
  • 1973 Bürge single-family house, Uhwiesen
  • 1973–1976 sliding-door wardrobes and bed made of solid wood
  • 1981 Exhibition and office building of Thut AG, Möriken
  • 1981–1983 shelves, cupboards with folding doors, with roller shutters. Chairs made of material combinations and acrylic glass without glueing, with vertical tie rod construction
  • 1989–1995 scissor bed
  • 1993 film cabinet 385
  • 1993 Alu 3-6 table series



  • Literature by and about Kurt Thut in the catalog of the German National Library
  • Köbi Gantenbein , Alfred Hablützel: Thut furniture 1953 to today , exhibition at Theo Jakob, Bern-Liebefeld September 11 to October 6, 2001, Hochparterre Zurich 2001
  • Kurt Thut: 30 years of Teo Jakob , catalog for the exhibition Oct. 26–16. Nov. 1985, publisher Jakob, Bern; Geneva 1987
  • Hans Eichenberger: New metal furniture , catalog for the exhibition from Sept. 26th – 26th. October 1958, Zurich Museum of Decorative Arts 1958

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Scissor bed pdf 200 kB
  2. Foil cabinet
  3. Table series Alu 3
  4. Thut-Möbel 1953 to today pdf 5.35 MB