Born 1932 Munich, Germany
Richard Sapper, after having studied philosophy, anatomy, graphics and engineering, received a degree in Economic Science from the University of Munich; in 1956 he began working in the design office of Daimler Benz.
In 1958 he moved to Italy, working first in the studio of Gio Ponti, then with Rinascente and in 1977 as part of his activity, with Marco Zanuso. From 1970 to 1976 he was a consultant at Fiat for the design of experimental vehicles and at Pirelli for pneumatic structures. Since the start of the 1980s he has been a consultant for IBM Corporation for product design.
Since 1986 he has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, the Domus Academy in Milan, the University of Buenos Aires and the Royal College of Art. Over the course of his career he has received a number of awards: seven times the Compasso d'Oro, the award Die Gute Form, the Premio Smau, the BIO gold medal, the Lucky Strike Designer Award.