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Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper

Designer

Richard Sapper (1932) was born in Munich, Germany. He is trained as an industrial designer. Sapper's first job was in Mercedes-Benz' styling department. In 1958, Sapper moved to Milan where he worked at architect Gio Ponti's studio. In 1959, Richard Sapper started a partnership with Marco Zanuso, which lasted for 18 years. Together, they designed televisions, radios, etc. for the Italian design company Brionvega. Products that can today be seen at museums all over the world. In 1972, Richard Sapper designed the Tizio table lamp for Italian Artemide – the first table lamp to use halogen bulbs. Together with Tolomeo, this lamp is one of Artemide's best sellers. Sapper has worked for IBM designing computers and for Alessi and other well-known Italian design companies. Richard Sapper is one of the most iconic designers of his generation. His products are based on both technical ingenuity and innovation as well as simplicity to which a touch of humour and surprise is added. Sapper has lectured at institutions of higher education in both Europe and the US.