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Biography


Richard Sapper


Designer's Work

2 Design Studio
Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Alberto Meda
Aldo Cibic
Andries Norgaard
Andries Van Onck
Anna Castelli Ferrieri
Antonio Citterio
Arnostudio
Baldanzi and Novelli
Bertero, Panto and Marzoli
Bianchi and Fauciglietti
Bob Anderson
Bruno Rainaldi
Ca'nova Design
Carlo Columbo
Casamania by Frezza
Catherine Beyens
Charles Eames
CRS Lema
Delineo Design
Design Group Italia
Dudley Edwards
E. Arosio
Eero Aarnio
Enzo Berti
Erik Bagger
Eileen Gray
Emaf Progetti
Eoro Koivisto
Fabio Bortolani
Ferruccio Laviani
Flemming Bo Hanson
G.L.Arnaldi
Gabriele Pezzini
Gastone Rinaldi
Gino Colautti
Gruppo Grafite
Harry Bertoia
Isamu Noguchi
J. M. Ferrero
Jane Dillon
Janne Kyttanen
Jasper Morrison
Jean Nouvel
Jiri Evenhuis
Joe Colombo
Johan Verde
John Ash
Jon Russell
Jerszy Seymour
Karim Rashid
Kay Bojesen
Kim Almsig
Le Corbusier
Lievore Asociados
Lievore, Altherr and Molina
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Luigi Recalcati
M. Manzoni and R.Tapinassi
Madeleine Edwards
Marc Newson
Marcel Breuer
Marcel Wanders
Maria Bernsten
Mauro Lipparini
Michael Young
minottiitalia in-house
Nella Recalcati
Olav Eldoy
Ole Peter Wullum
Oliver Low
P.A.King
P.G. Castiglioni
Paolo Cattelan
Paolo Lazzarini
Paolo Rizzatto
Per Oie
Philippe Starck
Piero Lissoni
Pietro Arosio
Raul Barbieri
Ray Eames
Roberto Barbieri
Rodolfo Dordoni
Ron Arad
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
S.Miranda
Sam and Jude
Scan Globe
Sebastian Wrong
Silver Studio
Stefano Giovannoni
Studio Futura
Studio Kronos
Studio MB
Superstudio
Sven Ivar Dysthe
Terje Ekstrom
Tim Power
Timorous Beasties
Toan Nguyen
Todd Bracher
Tom Grieves
Tom Kuhne
Toshiyuki Kita
Toshiyuki Yoshino
Valerio Bottin
Veronique Watticant
Verner Panton
Vico Magistretti
Werner Aisslinger

The German industrial designer Richard Sapper is a leading 20th-century designer. Born in Munich in 1932, he attended university there between 1952 and 1954. In 1956 Richard Sapper worked briefly in the design division at Mercedes Benz before going to Milan, where he worked with Alberto Rosselli and Gio Ponti and became a designer in the design division of the La Rinascente department store chain. From 1958 Richard Sapper was employed in the practice of Marco Zanuso. Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso continued their prolific collaboration until 1977, creating extraordinarily innovative furniture, lamps, and electrical appliances. The "Lambda" chair they designed for Gavina dates from 1959-1964 and is made of diecast steel. For Kartell, Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper designed the "4999/S" (1961-1964) stackable children's chair of pressure-molded polyethelene. For Brionvega they designed the "TS502" (1964) radio that opens up and the "Doney" (1964), "Algol" (1965), and "Black Box" (1969) portable televisions. In 1966 Zanuso and Sapper designed the "Grillo" telephone for Siemens. In 1970 Richard Sapper opened a design practice in Stuttgart. For Artemide Richard Sapper designed "Tizio", an enormously successful high-tech work lamp (1972). In 1983 Richard Sapper designed the "Bollitore" whistling kettle for Alessi. In the 1970s, Richard Sapper served as a design consultant to Fiat and Pirelli and, from 1980, IBM. For IBM Richard Sapper aalso designed the world-beating Thinkpad laptops. Richard Sapper has been a visiting lecturer many times. In 1986 he became a professor at the Stuttgart Art Academy.

The Designs of Richard Sapper

 


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