Richard Sapper was a German-Italian industrial designer who designed a series of iconic products for well-known design brands like Alessi, Kartell, Knoll and IBM. Sapper was a designer at Mercedes-Benz in Germany until 1958, when he moved to Milan, Italy. Here Sapper was working at the architectural firm Gio Ponti, and later at the design department at La Rinascente. In 1959 Sapper opened his own office in Milan and worked as a design consultant for many leading Italian companies including Brionvega, Fiat and Pirelli.
Sapper is considered an important designer who has stretched the limits and created innovative designs for mass production. Sapper worked as a teacher at many famous universities and art schools such as Yale University, Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, University of Beijing, and Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Many of Sapper’s designs are included in permanent exhibitions at the art museums Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, and the V&A Museum in London.