Richard Sapper

Designer & Architect - Germany

Richard Sapper was born in 1932, he began his career in industrial design office of Daimler Benz in Stuttgart, before his transfer to Milan.


The main interest of Richard Sapper in his design work focuses on complex technical issues. He has designed and developed a wide variety of products, from ships, cars, computers and electronics, to naturally furniture and kitchenware. Its clients include Alessi, Artemide, B & B Italia, Brionvege, FIAT, Heuer, Kartell, Knoll, IBM, Lenovo, Lorenz Milano, Magis, Molteni, Pirelli and many others.


Throughout his career, Richard Sapper remained deeply involved in academia, teaching at Yale University, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, the Art Academy in Stuttgart, the Domus Academy in Milan, Central Academy Art and Design in Beijing, the University of Buenos Aires, and the Royal College of Art in London. He also runs several lectures in several universities around the world.


Richard Sapper has received numerous awards for its products, and drawings are represented in the permanent collections of many international museums. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts since 1988, and member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2001. In 1992, Sapper received the Lucky Strike of the Raymond Loewy Foundation for his work as a designer. The German Design Council was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in 2009. In 2012, Sapper also received the Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.