Sapper worked for Daimler Benz in their headquarters in Stuttgart and then moved to Milan. His understanding of engineering shows in the design of probably the most well-known lamp in the world; the “Titzio” of 1971. Titzio is Italian (as I’m sure you’ll know) for ‘what’s-his-name’. It is made from aluminium and ABS resin and held firmly to the desk surface by the weight of the transformer in the base.
Cantilevered lamps were revolutionised by Sapper’s design when it first appeared with it matt black surface and delicate touch counter-balancing mechanism. The light was created for Artemide who had – and still have a significant reputation for stylish lighting. Sapper has created design products for IBM and Alessi and whether it be for folding telephones, electronic equipment, kitchen products or toys, he continues to create the design solution. He continues to “Give form a meaning” and has recently produced what may become another design icon in the Halley desk lamp. The design incorporates LED technology combining energy saving qualities with the cool light source that will undoubtedly revolutionise lighting technology in the next few years.