Artemide
Tizio Collection

Richard Sapper


The famous task light, designed by Richard Sapper in
1972, is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Tizio table lamp by Richard Sapper was the first light fixture using low tension halogen technique ever in 1972. Today it is a famous designer classic on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Its remarkable design, the special technique and the great flexibility make it one of the most popular Artemide lights.

The Italian word Tizio means both "friend" and "buddy" or "pal". This simple and masculine sounding name suits the light fixture very well.

Tizio is available in three sizes: Tizio 50, Tizio 35 and Tizio Micro, as well as a modern LED table lamp. It is possible to turn Tizio into a floor lamp by putting it on a separately available column.

When working in his workshop, Richard Sapper preferred a direct illumination on his desk and working surface, while the rest of the room remained in half-dark. These lighting conditions enabled Sapper to work with the highest concentration. Because this perfectionist did not find the desired task-light, he started to develop one in the 1970s. For Sapper, it had to be the ideal task-light. It has long arms, a small head and a steady base. All parts are connected with a joint and adjustable in many positions. The small square head can tilt, enabling the direct light to flood without glaring in the wished direction and provide reading or working light. A counterweight system ensures stability in every position and makes possible for the light fixture to display a clear shape devoid of visible springs and wires.

This made a straight and minimalist design possible, because the electricity is led by the arms between base and light head and not via a cable. The transformer which adapts the 230 voltage into the operating 12 voltage is located in the base. Thanks to the GY6,35 halogen lamps used, it was possible for Sapper to design an especially small head.