The ideas that formed Mateus evolved over the course of several years. Teresa, originally from Portugal, saw design trends shifting in her new home country of Sweden. Colours and patterns began to make inroads into Swedish homes. Why not bring together the best of both her worlds? Why not fuse traditional Portuguese ceramic craftsmanship, Swedish design and contemporary fashion trends into quality products that celebrate the love of life?

With her aim set, Teresa began her journey. The first collection of handmade ceramics was launched in 1993. In a fruitful union of southern European craftmanship and Scandinavian style, and with a constant renewal of colour, form and pattern, the Mateus brand evolved and grew. Each new collection is designed to fit together with the products in existing collections.