portrait of Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper

Born in Germany in 1932, Richard Sapper created the Tizio desk lamp for Artemide in 1972. This now-classic design has gone on to become one of the best-selling light fixtures ever produced. A prolific designer who famously turned down Steve Jobs offer of a job at Apple, Sapper died in 2015. Over a varied career spent designing everything from cars for Fiat to IBM’s first ThinkPad to multiple items for Alessi, he made a point of reducing technically- difficult design problems into concise, approachable items.

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