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.
A display of aesthetic and functional balance, Tizio remains a modern design marvel. Introduced in 1972, the lamp is built with two counterweights allowing the user to direct the light at will. The lamp adjusts with a pull or push of the hand and stays in place as set.
Eliminating the need for extraneous wires and enhancing a clean aesthetic, Tizio’s arms conduct electricity to the bulb which was an early introduction of halogen to an industry outside of automotive.
A small reflector works with the light source to provide highly concentrated light. A multiple award-winner, Tizio is included in MoMA's permanent collection, amongst others.
-Fully adjustable, balanced electrical conductor arms in aluminum.
-Arm spacer bars in chromed steel with red molded thermoplastic insulators.
-Counter weights in die-cast zinc alloy with translucent polycarbonate shield.
-Adjustable head in die-cast aluminum with inner high efficiency reflector in anodized aluminum.
-360º rotatable base in die-cast aluminum with incorporated low voltage transformer and dimmer switch.
-Floor support in lacquered steel with snap-in adaptor kit in molded thermoplastic, applicable with Tizio LED table for conversion to floor version.
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