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10 Ways ThinkPad Inventor Richard Sapper Transformed Everyday Life Through Design

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10 Ways ThinkPad Inventor Richard Sapper Transformed Everyday Life Through Design
K 1340 Polyethylene children's chair with Marco Zanuso, Kartell Italy, 1964

The award-winning, Munich-born, Milan-based industrial designer Richard Sapper (who passed away this past winter) has left a legacy of elegant, witty, and practical solutions to some of our trickiest technological and household needs. With a foot in every field from computers to coffee makers, ships to stools, Sapper's designs have made it everywhere from average homes to the world's top museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

From Phaidon's recent monograph, Richard Sapper, here are ten iconic designs that span decades of Sapper's approach to form and function.   

 

ALGOL
Brionvega Italy
1964

ALGOLPortable TV set with Marco Zanuso

 

K 1340
Kartell Italy
1964 

K1340Polyethylene children's chair with Marco Zanuso

 

9090
Alessi Italy
1978

9090Espresso coffee maker

 

SAPPER CHAIR
Knoll USA
1979

SAPPER CHAIRExecutive office chairs and seating system

 

9091
Alessi Italy
1983 

9091Tea kettle

 

NENA
B&B Italia Italy
1984 

NENAFolding armchair

 

BANDUNG
Alessi Italy
1992

BANDUNGTeapot 

 

THINKPAD 700C
IBM USA
1992

THINKPADWith Kaz Yamazaki

 

TODO
Alessi Italy
2004

TODOCheese grater

 

 TOSCA
Magis Italy
2007

TOSCAStacking chair

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