Richard Sapper, German designer Milanese by adoption and worldwide well known died on December 31. Bequeaths some of the most famous pieces of design and 10 awards Compasso d’Oro won. The last, Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2014 “for having united the rigor of the German and the Italian genius in designing a multitude of products of extraordinary success in different sectors.”
After working at Mercedes Benz in the styling department, from Monaco of Bavaria he moved to Milan in 1958, Mecca of design; first he worked in the studio of Gio Ponti and then, for about a decade in collaboration with Marco Zanuso to create some master pieces from the golden era of design (Cube radio and television Algol for Brionvega, Grillo telephone, Kartell chair for children, etc).
Sapper is one of the most important designers of the generation who gives a shape to the functionality of everyday objects “from the spoon to the town”, one of the most awarded and recognized in the world.
The Tizio lamp for Artemide is probably his best known and photogenic object (since 1972 how many films showed this lamp?) But its strict sign distinguished in other areas of industrial design and there are many highly innovative objects designed by Sapper , even though less iconic.
In the office sector the legendary chair Sapper Collection for Knoll in 1979 and the furniture system “From 9 to 5” for Castelli in 1987; home coffee maker, kettle and cutlery for Alessi; televisions and computers, household appliances; watches (his first Compasso d’Oro, in 1959 it was for the Lorenz Static watch) and means of transport, a subject that has always fascinated him.
1, Richard Sapper and Tizio for Artemide. Compasso d’Oro (designed by Richard Sapper 1972).
2 Pen Dialog for Lamy (designed by Richard Sapper).
3, Folding bike Zoombike for Elettromontaggi. Compasso d’Oro(designed by Richard Sapper 2000).
4, Furniture system “Nine to five” for Castelli. Compasso d’Oro (designed by Richard Sapper 1987).
5, Sapper Chair Collection for Knoll (designed by Richard Sapper).
6, Algol TV for Brionvega (design Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper 1965).
7, 9090 Coffee maker for Alessi. Compasso d’Oro (designed by Richard Sapper 1979).
8, Sapper double monitor arm for Knoll (designed by Richard Sapper 2012).
9, Secretaire for Molteni Unifor (designed by Richard Sapper 1989).