March 17, 2013

Richard Sapper's Masterpiece

The Tizio Lamp


A little over a year ago now we featured one of our favorite tastemakers in the world, BRAD DUNNING, who chatted with us about TEN LUST-WORTHY LAMPS. (Incidentally, for those of you who haven't seen the article, it's one of our favorites ever.)

In that article, Brad cites one of the iconic lamps: The Tizio Lamp. Designed by Richard Sapper for Artemide in 1972, the Tizio is, well, looking a lot better than most other things designed in 1972. In fact, the Tizio was selected for the Compasso d'Oro industrial design award in 1979 and holds its place in part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the Museum of Modern Art.

What's special about this piece of art? Everything, but we'll name a few. First, the position and the direction of the bulb can be easily adjusted due to two counterweights. Secondly, the lamp is essentially wireless, as the two parallel arms are used to conduct electricity to the bulb. Finally, the Tizio features a halogen bulb - commonplace now, but prior to Sapper's design it was primarily used in the automotive industry.

We have our own Tizio; illuminates our desk. Though the Tizio is commonly used in offices - check out the main photo above ... one of our favorite offices ever designed by Rose Tarlow - it looks really sexy as a bedside table lamp as well.

The Tizio comes in white and black and is widely available ... often for under $500. We've included a link to buy below, and for those of you readers who have your own Tizio already, send us photos for our Pinterest board.

Photos courtesy of Architectural Digest and Pinterest.



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