Richard Sapper, the acclaimed industrial designer who died on December 31, 2015, is remembered in the February issue of Metropolis in a memorial tribute that quotes Sapper's "friends, associates, and admirers." Among the contributors are Benjamin Pardo, Design Director at Knoll, who worked closely with Sapper on a series of elegant technology supports, and Knoll collaborating designer Jonathan Olivares, whose book on Sapper will be published by Phaidon later this year.
Pardo, who met with Sapper about a project in December, described Sapper's passing to Metropolis as "a big personal loss, because in addition to being a great designer, he was a mentor for me in many ways."
"Every single one of the people at Knoll that worked with Richard wrote to me and told me that he was one of the most important people they have worked with in their time frame here," said Pardo.
"Richard was a very special guy. He affected me and the people I work with in his professionalism," said Pardo. "But maybe much more important than that, he affected millions of people by the objects that he designed. He made things that made people happy and were useful to them. That's incredible."
Olivares reflected: "Richard thought design should address posterity, and in the days after he passed away, it occurred to me that his personality, his love of adventure and surprise, his warmth, and his special blend of engineering and humor survive in his products."