Sapper claimed that he designed the Tizio lamp because he could not find a work lamp that suited him: "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 it easily."
The designer's dream lamp, the Tizio, is an adjustable fixture that can be moved in four directions. It swivels smoothly and can be set in any position, its balance ensured by a system of counterweights. The halogen bulb, adjustable to two different light intensities, is fed through the arm from a transformer concealed in the base; a real technical break-through at the time of its creation.
From a formal point of view, the Tizio was revolutionary. Black, angled, minimalist, and mysterious, the lamp achieved its real commercial success in the early 1980s, when its sleek look met the Wall Street boom. Found in the residences of the young and successful and in the offices of executives, the lamp has become an icon of high-tech design.
(MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 292)
The innovative design was awarded a Compasso d'Oro in 1979 and is included in numerous prestigious permanent design collections worldwide. It is also included in the book "MoMA Highlights: 350 Works from The Museum of Modern Art"
Artemide Group is a global leader in the residential and the high-end professional illumination sector. Based in Pregnana Milanese, just outside Milan, the brand is distributed worldwide through a network of own showrooms and collaborations with prestigious lighting retail stores.
Founded in 1960 and guided by its "Human Light" philosophy, today Artemide has become synonymous with design, innovation and "Made in Italy".
At the core "The Human Light" means placing the competence of Artemide at the service of man and responding to the need for flexibility and adaptability with utmost visual accuracy and minimum consumption of environmental resources.
Artemide has contributed to the history of modern design with creations like the Eclisse by Vico Magistretti (1967), the Tolomeo by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina (1989) or the Pipe by Herzog & De Meuron (2004); all three rewarded with the coveted Compasso d'Oro award.
In 1994 the company also received the "Compaso d'Oro" career Award and the European Design Prize In 1997.
Icons from the collection are exhibited in the most prestigious museums worldwide and are included in the design collections of the MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica in Milan, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Roma and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Artemide has always collaborated with established international designers but also actively promotes workshops with design schools (for example the Royal College of Art, London) in order to find the best young talents.
Base in lacquered steel, lamp in lacquered polycarbonate and lacquered aluminium, available in different finishes
Large (width 78cm, depth 11cm, height 136cm)
Medium (width 65cm, depth 10cm, height 116cm)
Small version: 1 x 2.4W LED
Medium version: 1 x 2.5W LED
Large version: 1 x 8W LED (2700K/3000K) Integrated LED
Made in Italy
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