Matis came into being in the 1970s, thanks to the intuition of founder Claudio Barabaschi. The name is a combination of the first letters of Materiali Isolanti – insulating materials – the firm’s sector of operation.
Matis stands out as a pioneer in the field of noise pollution, which at that time was deemed unimportant, as its relevance to both industry and civil life was not recognised.
It is in the 80s that Matis completes one of its most original and significant commissions: the former Abanella room at La Scala theatre in Milan is converted into a rehearsal and recording room for the orchestra, resulting in a space with variable reverb which is still used today for the same purposes. This project is considered experimental and innovative; so much so that the results of acoustic measurements in the rehearsal room are presented at the 18th national conference of the A.I.A. (Italian Acoustic Association) by those responsible, engineer Angelo Farina and surveyor Claudio Barabaschi.