Richard Sapper was born in Munich in 1932. He studied philosophy, graphic design, engineering and economics. From 1956 - 1958 he worked for Mercedes Benz until he moved to Milan, where he worked with Marco Zanuso for Brionvega. Other companies he worked for are Siemens, Fiat, Pirelli IBM and Alessi.
His most famous design is the Tizio lamp for Artemide. He was for several years a professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Stuttgart. He received the "Compasso d'Oro" 5 times.