My name is Matyáš and I am a graduate of UMPRUM IN PRAGUE AND the Royal College of Art in London. I gathered work experience in Paraguay at the studio of Javier Corvalán, at the Prague-based studio Petr Hájek Architekti, and at Foster and Partners in London. I specialize in product design, interior design, and architecture. At the moment I am also working on establishing my own brand of design products called Mata by Mata.

In 2017, I designed a playful furniture family for public spaces that caught the attention of the Swedish company Nola. They subsequently included the Saddle and Tilted benches in their portfolio. In the same year, I presented my Fireplace project at Home Expo Vallastaden 2017. The project included 9 pieces of handmade furniture, which I placed around the center of the room to create the illusion of a fireplace.

After graduating from UMPRUM, I was accepted to two foreign universities: Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and Royal College of Art (UK). After several sleepless nights, I decided on the more prestigious one, the London-based RCA. I studied interior design, and my final thesis was the Rainwater Fountain – a modular system aimed at helping people in densely populated areas better manage rainwater. The Fountain not only captures rainwater but also turns it into potable water, thanks to the materials it is made of. My work caught the attention of the architects Petr Hájek and later Norman Foster.

At Petr Hájek Architekti, I became a part of a small team that won a competition for the conversion of the Cibulka estate in Prague into a children’s palliative care center. We also participated in an international architectural competition for the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall, in which we beat several larger teams such as the Norwegian studio Snohetta or the Japanese studio SANAA, and won fourth place.

With the Fountain project on the front page of my portfolio, I received the position of Materials Researcher in 2022 at one of the most prestigious architectural offices in the world, Foster + Partners in London.

Since 2023, I have been engaged in freelance design and architecture. In addition to my own product design line of home accessories, I have collaborated with Atelier Paletky or Hornbach, or realized a driftwood sculpture in Iceland.

With the beginning of 2024, I started teaching in the product design studio at Scholastica in Prague.