Richard Sapper

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Year 1989

Richard Sapper reinterprets the famous nineteenth-century Secretaire. An object of the past now at the service of the technology of the present.

Secretaire is a cabinet-cum-desk for storing objects, documents, reports, knick-knacks and equipment. Anything precious, delicate, personal, confidential or intimate. Part writing desk, part vault, it heralded continuity between home and office, between a public and a privare dimension. Featuring a clean-cut, rigorous volume, it changes according to the way the worker uses it - either standing or sitting- and to the technology installed within.


"Time is one of the few things that may ultimately establish the true quality of an object"

Richard Sapper