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 HOW MANY of you, ARE YOU, Tizio ?

 

  Tizio is a desk lamp created by Richard Sapper for Artemide in 1972.

  He was born 1932 in Munich, and is a German industrial designer based

  in Milan, Italy. He is considered one of the most important designers of

  his generation, his products typically featuring a combination of technical

  innovation, simplicity of form and an element of wit and surprise. His

  Tizio desk lamp has been selected for the Compasso d'Oro industrial

  design award in 1979. An item of the range is part of the collections of

  the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the Museum of Modern Art


  The position and the direction of the bulb can be adjusted; thanks to two

  counterweights, moving it requires little effort. Two other features of this

  lamp are the lack of wires (the two parallel arms are used to conduct

  electricity to the bulb – connected with snap fasteners that are riveted to

  the arms), and the halogen bulb, which was previously mainly used in the

  automotive industry.


  The Tizio is available in a variety of sizes and colours; the original, and

  most widely known, is the 50 (referring to the wattage of the bulb) in

  black. The mid-sized model is the 35, and there's the bedside-sized Micro

  (20 Watts). Other colours are white, and grey metallic; and, the occasional

  limited edition in polished aluminium, or titanium-colour. There also is a

  floorstanding version, the Terra, which consist of a 70-centimeter-high

  pedestal with the same 11 cm diameter as the lamp's base, with the 50

  added on top. The Terra-stand is also available in a 10 cm diameter,

  matching the 35 model. Recently, an energy-saving LED-powered version

  of the full-sized model has been added; as has a version of the regular

  50 with a horizontally rotatable head, the Plus. The LED version is

  equipped with a dimmer; all other versions have a three-position switch,

  allowing for off, full, and – approximately – half power.

  Design changes were made to the head in the nineties – a glass cover was

  added, a thin, wire handle was added to tilt the head as it becomes very

  hot. My own original version does on occasion run hot, but although

  looking a little worse for wear, since I purchased it in Geleen NL in 1972,

  it still produces its own excellent light, and I see little need to replace the

  unit for an LED version, although most of our other lighting is now

  powered by replacement LED bulbs.

   IDEAS can in 'deed' lead to the sharing of a wealth of understanding

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