Form literally meets function with the Tizio Desk Lamp. Designed by Richard Sapper in 1972, the Tizio is built with two counterweights, which allow the user to direct the light where it's needed. The lamp adjusts with a pull or push of the hand and stays in place without having to tighten a knob or adjust a fastener. Its arms conduct electricity to the bulb furthering the clean, simple look of Tizio by eliminating the need for extraneous wires. Sapper's use of a halogen bulb represents a breakthrough in lighting design; until that point, halogens were rarely used outside of the automotive industry. A small reflector works with the halogen bulb to provide Tizio's highly concentrated light. The Compasso d'Oro award winner in 1979, the Tizio is included in MoMA's permanent collection. Bulb (included): halogen 50W/12V. UL Listed. Made in Italy.
Anticorrosion-treated aluminum with counterweight in zinc alloy.
H 47" (full extension) W 31" (extension from joint) BASE DIAMETER 4.5"
The Tizio lamp (1972) has probably made an appearance on the desks of more architects and designers than any other object since the lead pencil. Richard Sapper, its designer, has provided a model for product design that combines the rational approach and technical sophistication of his German homeland with Italian flair and originality. After receiving an engineering degree from the University of Munich, Sapper began work for Mercedes Benz and then moved to Italy to work in the design studio of Alberto Roselli and Gio Ponti.
In 1959, he received a Compasso d'Oro for his Static table clock, subsequently collaborated with Marco Zanuso and finally, opened his own design office in Stuttgart in 1970. He continued, however, to team up with Zanuso and together they produced a number of notable products including a plastic child's chair for Kartell which doubled as a construction toy. They also created the highly styled Doney television for Brionvega, a sewing machine for Necchi and the compact Grillo folding telephone. These products represented state of the art technology, elegantly housed and designed to convey function with a visual clarity that was eloquently modern. Read more >