Richard Sapper
Plico trolley

Designed by Richard Sapper in the 1970s, the "Plico" trolley is one of the lesser known, though more representative, projects from this unforgettable artist's body of work. Sapper developed his projects starting from a problem that he identified in an existing object or from something that was missing: "I am always interested in doing something new, increasing our life tools. I am interested in designing new things that have their uses or make sense". And with "Plico" Sapper undoubtedly manages to increase the scope of our "domestic utensils". Easy to handle and extremely compact when folded, "Plico" can be used both as a food trolley and as a bed or sofa table. With one simple movement, the top flips over and the trolley is completely transformed. The top becomes slightly protruding with respect to the body of the trolley, turning into a surface for working or eating a meal. Characteristics / suggested use - The trolley structure is made of black painted iron. The trays are in matt black thermoplastic resin. - A timeless furnishing accessory with a transformist soul: a food trolley that becomes a bed or sofa table - One object, three functions: a food trolley that can be transformed into a bed or sofa table - One of Richard Sapper's little designer masterpieces, an absolute object where form and function are in perfect harmony - Small but spacious The particular distance between the two surfaces makes it possible to place bottles, fruit bowls or other containers for medium-sized foodstuffs on the lower one. - Easy to handle and easy to use: with one simple movement the trolley turns into a practical bed or sofa table. - Ideal for enjoying a meal in bed or in front of the television, or for using a laptop comfortably seated in an armchair or on the sofa - The trolley's two surfaces are wide, with a containing rim. When the upper surface is turned upside down, it creates a large supporting surface, ideal for using a laptop or arranging dishes and food - The articulated front wheels make the movement of the trolley fluid and perfectly controllable. - A brake positioned on the rear wheels ensures stability when the trolley is stationary and facilitates closing operations - Easy to close: just hold the top surface and lift it towards you and the trolley folds. - Once folded, the trolley occupies minimal space, allowing it to be placed behind a door or between two pieces of kitchen furniture. The brakes on the rear wheels make the trolley free-standing when closed. - We recommend cleaning the shelves with a non-abrasive cloth and non-abrasive detergent RS11 B Plico Folding trolley in steel coloured with epoxy resin, black. Shelves in polyurethane. cm 86x46 – h cm 78 / 33¾”x18” – h 30¾



Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper
Richard Sapper was born in 1932 in Munich, where he pursued courses in philosophy, anatomy and engineering. He began his design career in the styling department of Daimler Benz in Stuttgart, before transferring to Milan, where he worked first for the architect Gio Ponti, and then in the design division of “La Rinascente”. In the early 1960s, Sapper began to collaborate with the Italian architect Marco Zanuso together they acted as design consultants for Brionvega for which they developed a series of televisions and radios. During the 1970s, Sapper was engaged as a consultant on the development of experimental automobiles for FIAT and on pneumatic structures for Pirelli, producing concepts for cars and accessories. Since 1980, Sapper has acted as chief industrial design consultant for IBM and later for Lenovo. Sapper’s main interest in his design work has centered on technically complex problems. He has developed and designed a wide variety of products, ranging from ships and cars, to computers and electronics, and furniture and kitchen appliances. His clients include Alessi, Artemide, B&B Italia, Heuer, Kartell, Knoll, Lorenz Milano, Magis, Molteni many others. Throughout his career, Sapper has remained keenly involved in academia, teaching at Yale University, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart, the Domus Academy in Milan, the Central Academy for Art and Design in Beijing, the University of Buenos Aires, and the Royal College of Art in London. Richard Sapper has received numerous awards for his products, and his designs are represented in the permanent collections of many museums internationally. He has been an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Arts since 1988, and a Member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2001. The German Design Council awarded him a lifetime achievement in 2009, and in 2012, Sapper received the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He died on 31 December 2015.

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