For a man with no formal design education, Richard Sapper has managed to make an indelible mark on the face of global industrial design. Since the 1950s his innovative approach to product design has led to some of the most forward-thinking, technically complex and strikingly-beautiful objects of use. From his early days at Daimler Benz to latter years at IBM, Sapper’s vision of the industrial world has come to be more or less our own; from the kettles we boil our water in, to the units from which we send emails.
In honour of this prestigious career, Sapper’s daughter has just launched an online archive of her father’s work. The site, designed by Julia, categorises Sapper’s work by decade and product, allowing you to view not only his influence over a given period of time but also the development of his own aesthetics within the context of a single object, as he constantly refreshes and updates radios, espresso makers and the humble desk lamp.
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