Thomas studied philosophy, fine art and graphic design. He co-founded thonik, together with Nikki Gonnissen in 1993. He is the former creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven. As creative director at the academy, he developed a series of exhibitions in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum: Broken White (2016), Thing Nothing (2015), Sense Nonsense (2014) and Self Unself (2013). These exhibitions explored and forecasted the next generation of designers and how they position themselves in the always-evolving field of design.