50 Years of Artemide’s Tizio

The embodiment of aesthetic and function, Tizio is a modern design marvel.

AUGUST 2022 — This year, Artemide celebrates Tizio's 50th anniversary with a new and special edition of the iconic table lamp. Tizio is a modern design marvel, and an icon for Artemide and also in the Italian design panorama.


Originally designed by industrial designer Richard Sapper, Tizio is still absolutely contemporary. Tizio is timeless thanks to the intelligence with which it combines its high quality technology and the elegance that characterizes it.


Introduced in 1972, the lamp was built with two counterweights allowing the user to freely direct the light. A display of aesthetic and functional balance, the lamp adjusts with a pull or push of the hand and stays in place as set. Eliminating the need for extraneous wires and enhancing a clean aesthetic, Tizio’s arms conduct electricity to the bulb which was an early introduction of halogen to an industry outside of automotive.

"When we presented it, there was nothing like it on the market, it was revolutionary. Tizio is beautiful in any position, it is a harmonious object in all its parts, it can be moved with one hand and is always extremely precise. It is not that we don't want to change anything over the years, but we don't change anything because that's the way it is." — Ernesto Gismondi
Tizio by Richard Sapper
Tizio by Richard Sapper

For this important occasion, Tizio goes red. Sapper's favorite color is undoubtedly black, however, he often used the bright red to accentuate the dynamic elements in many of his masterpieces, as exemplified in the joints of the iconic, original, Tizio lamp. Tizio Red is a limited edition of 5000.

"The Tizio lamp came to life to fulfill a personal need. While I work or read, I like the light to fall only on the sheet of paper in front of me, leaving the rest of the room in dim light. I feel less disturbed and I can focus more in a room that is not evenly lit. I also wanted a table lamp that could be adjusted at the touch of a finger and that would never fall onto the table because of worn joints." — Richard Sapper

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About Artemide

Founded by Ernesto Gismondi in 1960, Artemide is headquartered in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. Artemide’s products are distributed in almost 100 different countries. With five production plants in Italy, France, Hungary and Canada, a glass furnace and a Research and Development center supported by prototype labs and cutting edge test equipment, the Artemide group employs more than 650 people, 60 of which work in R&D, a testament to the pivotal role innovation plays in the company’s success. Each of Artemide’s lights is instilled with the energy of a company that invests in research and development, supports Made in Italy, produces in Europe, and has a great reputation worldwide.