Richard Sapper was born in Munich in 1932 where he studied philosophy, graphics and political economics. He then began his working career in the Mercedes Benz design office. In 1958 he moved to Milan working with Gio Ponti, then for La Rinascente. This is how a series of business successes began, together with Marco Zanuso, he designed radios and televisions for Brionvega, telephones for Siemens, furniture and lamps. He became a consultant for Fiat, Pirelli and IBM. Also interested in technically complex products, he also collaborated with Alessi (1984) and Artemide (1972) with the creation of the Tizio lamp, representing a great commercial success. Besides being a very successful designer, he has also taught at prestigious Italian and foreign universities such as the Art Academy in Stuttgart or the Domus Academy in Milan. In addition to having received the Golden Compass ten times, he has received numerous prizes and awards, including Die Gute Form, the Smau Prize and the BIO Gold Medal. Some of his projects form part of a permanent collection at the Modern Art Museum in New York.