Designed by Italian Ettore Sottsass and Briton Perry King, and launched in 1969, this was probably the most famous of Olivetti’s typewriters. This is the signature ferrari red. Featured in the movie “By The Sea” (Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt).

It’s a very simple cubic design, an extruded rounded rectangle sliced at an angle where the keyboard is. The front bar appears to float in the air just below the front row of keys. As with any successful, simple, form, the proportions are perfectly managed, and there are successive layers of details and textures that add richness. It’s a great example of a product that delivers a powerful first read. As you pull the typewriter from its case, you are treated to one surprise of color and shape after another.

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