An in-depth study of the work of German-born industrial designer Richard Sapper, most famous for designs such as the Tizio lamp and the Brionvega radio. Richard Sapper (b. 1932), a German-born designer who has been based in Milan most of his working career, is considered one of the most important designers of his generation. He has received numerous international design accolades, including 10 prestigious Compasso d'Oro awards. Sapper has developed and designed a wide variety of products, ranging from ships and cars, to computers and electronics as well as furniture and kitchen appliances. His clients include Alessi, Artemide, B&B Italia, Brionvega, FIAT, Heuer, Kartell, Knoll, IBM, Lenovo, Lorenz Milano, Magis, Molteni, Pirelli and many others. This investigation of Sapper's work, based on over forty hours of interviews with the designer, studies his objects, the circumstances that shaped them and the resulting ideals that emerge. Five chapters - or 'Sapperian bullets' - explore the themes that reoccur throughout Sapper's oeuvre, and which have a particular importance for a younger generation of designers and those with a desire to understand Sapper's work from a fresh perspective. An illustrated timeline, packed with images from Sapper's personal archives reveals the incredible variety and technical brilliance of his work. Designed by Marco Velardi, of Apartamento magazine, the book opens with an image essay featuring candid commissioned photography by Ramak Fazel.
Jonathan Olivares was born in Boston in 1981 and graduated from Pratt Institute. In 2006 he established Jonathan Olivares Design Research, an office based in Los Angeles that works in the fields of industrial, spatial and communication design. Recent projects include the exhibition Source Material, curated with Jasper Morrison and Marco Velardi (2014); the website A View on Natural Motion, for Nike (2014); the Olivares Aluminum Chair, for Knoll (2012); and the book A Taxonomy of Office Chair, published by Phaidon Press (2011).