ANTONIO MATRES

ANTONIO MATRES

ARCHITECT | INTERIOR DESIGNER

Life takes you to your dreams… That is how I ended up here, where I live, where I work, where I create abstractions from nothing that becomes designs on paper and finally transform into materials, colors and shapes.

Here I breathe the same air that Mies, Wright, Gropius, Aalto and Le Corbusier breathed in their time. I breathe the essence of a changing, wounded, turbulent, imaginative city that is at once the center of everything and the center of nothing. I am in the middle of Manhattan, the city that reaches up to touch God, the city that never sleeps.

Madrid, where I was born in 1977, is far away. So is the School of Architecture that gave me my open-minded, humanist vision of the plasticity of dwell (ETSAM, Madrid 2oo6). So are my years of experience in different studios in the Spanish capital (Horacio Fernandez del Castillo’s Architecture and Restoration Workshop (Madrid 2oo4 - 2oo5) or Daniel Ruiz’s Studio A22 (Madrid 2oo7 - 2o13), among others. My master’s degree in Interior Architecture (MDAi - ETSAM, Madrid 2oo5). My years as a professor of Form Analysis, member of the Academic Board and Art and Technology Coordinator at School of Architecture (UCJC, Madrid 2oo6 - 2oo8). The classes, conference series and master classes I have taught…

I am beginning a new journey, starting the second act on a new movie set with a new, loud, original soundtrack and a skyline that acts as a supporting backdrop. Am I beginning? No. I am continuing my path, my career, my calling…

"TRAVELER, THERE IS NO PATH. YOU MAKE IT AS YOU GO ALONG".

[antonio machado]


LIZZY GUNN

NICOLE DANA

DESIGN ASSISTANT

Having started her art career as an exhibition coordinator for a gallery in Dumbo, Nicole has worked as an artist exhibiting in South Korea, Washington D.C., and New York City -acquiring commissions from murals, to portraits, to restaurant interior design-.

Her background in painting and art history illuminate her experience operating in the world, fueling the sensitivity that she brings to her role as design assistant at AM Studio. 

Though originally from Iowa, at AM Studio, Nicole is responsible for supporting meticulous execution of all projects supporting production of clients' needs.

 

"GOOD MANAGEMENT IS THE ART OF MAKING PROBLEMS SO INTERESTING AND SOLUTIONS SO CONSTRUCTIVE THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO GO TO WORK AND DEAL WITH THEM".

[paul hawken]


“IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH, YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMEMBER ANYTHING."

[Mark Twain]


"Antonio Matres was the only architect I met with whom I felt really understood the task of tethering the strategy of our company to the design of its entrance. In this regard, Antonio was a total visionary". [Lauren Crampsie - Ogilvy]

 

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CAREN HENDREN | CLIENT

Antonio Matres is a talented, innovative and groundbreaking professional. His ability to see possibilities for dynamic design is extraordinary. Antonio looks at a space and envisions beautiful and unexpected outcomes. He has always been responsive to my aesthetic while introducing creative aspects that move a space to beautifully designed and unique results.

Working with Antonio is always effortless and intuitive. I have worked with design professionals in the past who find it difficult to move outside of their own aesthetic and instead try to mold the client toward their own design. It is an absolute pleasure to work with a professional who can listen, envision and then perfect the design outcome to something well balanced between the client and Antonio’s remarkable design talent.

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LAUREN CRAMPSIE | CLIENT

In taking on the daunting project of designing my company's lobby, I need to partner with an architect who could think strategically and simplistically about design. We are a creative company, so it was pertinent that the design we decided on felt inviting, yet bold. 

Antonio Matres was the only architect I met with whom I felt really understood the task of tethering the strategy of our company to the design of its entrance. In this regard, Antonio was a total visionary. His innovative designs not only personified our corporate culture, but told stories through very simple techniques like dimensional art and pops of color. Antonio was involved in every aspect of the design from inception to execution. No phone call, e-mail or text went unanswered during my time working with him.

I would highly recommend Antonio's services to anyone looking for an inventive, modern architect and designer who cares first and foremost about his fulfilling his clients' aspirations and dreams.

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CRISTINA ARRANZ | ARCHITECT & DESIGNER

Antonio Matres is a special architect. He lives architecture with true passion and is highly demanding of himself in each and every one of his works no matter the scale or size. He has a meticulous attention to detail and is always looking for innovation in his designs.

He is capable of creating beautiful spaces, even in an industrial design, without neglecting its functionality. He has highly elevated training that allows him to control the entire process enriching the project in benefits to the client. His exhaustive analysis of the situation and the client’s needs is perfectly reflected in his varied work. Antonio’s enthusiasm and passion for what he does enables him to do things that provoke and/or inspire.

It is certainly a sure hit and a privilege to be in his hands, because the result always far exceeds what you expect from him.

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LAURA DE MIGUEL | ARTIST

Talking about Antonio Matres as a professional is like opening a small wooden music box, carved and painted by hand, earth-toned, blue and gold, which finds us in its interior in a dance of a creator that with his body, soul, and rhythm, reveals; without being able to avoid it, beauty within him. 

Antonio is that creator, multifaceted person in his work that floods and infects of enthusiasm to those who have had the pleasure of working with him. Someone with an exquisite taste and criteria when it comes to realizing the wishes of those who have retained him; translating his clients imaginations into realistic projects.

Antonio’s more human side, transcends that aura of acute professional to share his passion on contexts of academia. It is inevitable not to realize the brightness of his eyes, the smile of his lips, each time that he shares his expertise with students and colleagues in classrooms, conferences, seminars, etc. Listening to him and watching him speak, causes the automatic enthusiasm of those who are educated as he is to develop their profession.

I have no doubt Antonio, in body and soul, was born to be who he is and will continue drawing his dancing with every project undertaken, at the rhythm that he himself designs for every occasion.