October 14, 2014

Tizio™ Lamp - Black/White : Artemide


With the "Tizio" lamp, designer Richard Sapper sought to redesign the standard desk lamp, creating one that was completely adjustable and featured a precise and intense yet small light source. After methodical experimentation, Sapper came up with a design wherein the very form of the lamp enabled its function. Using a sensitive counterweight system, the adjustable arm of the lamp can be manipulated into almost any position, allowing the user to direct the light source exactly where it is needed most. The arms themselves conduct electricity to the bulb, eliminating the need for extraneous wires and facilitating the precise balance of the arm. The lamp features a halogen bulb, marking one of the first uses of this type of light outside the automobile industry. Directed by its small reflector, the halogen bulb provides a highly concentrated, direct light source, which can be easily adjusted to suit the user.

TIZIO Classic by Artemide
Designed by Richard Sapper in 1972
Available from Stardust Modern Design
The award winning Artemide Tizio lamp by German industrial designer Richard Sapper is one of our favorite modern design classics. As an icon of German engineering and Italian design, the Tizio Lamp is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. It is one of the most popular desk lamps ever made with hundreds of thousands sold worldwide! Tizio was designed by Richard Sapper for Artemide in 1972.  With the "Tizio" lamp, designer Richard Sapper succeeded in redesigning the standard desk lamp, creating one that was completely adjustable and featured a precise and intense yet small light source.  



The position and the direction of the light source can be adjusted; thanks to the sophisticated principle of balanced counterweights. Adjusting it requires little effort. Another important feature is the lack of wires (the two parallel arms are used to conduct electricity to the bulb). It is perhaps the most celebrated icon of modern lighting since it effortlessly blends function with style.  Made by Artemide in Italy, Tizio is our favorite Italian task lamp.

"I designed Tizio because I could not find a suitable work lamp for my own desk.  I wanted a small head and long arms; I didn't want to have to clamp the lamp to the desk because it's awkward. And I wanted to be able to move the lamp it easily.  The result is my ultimate dream task lamp; the Tizio". - Richard Sapper 

TIZIO Classic by Artemide
Designed by Richard Sapper in 1972
Available from Stardust Modern Design