The iconic Olivetti typewriter was named after the Italian designer and manufacturer's name, Camillo Olivetti. Olivetti played a great part in the development of communication and technology. Olivetti produced Italy's first electronic computer in 1959. During the 70's and 80's they were known to be the biggest manufacturer for office machines in Europe. In the mid 1960's the iconic Olivetti Valentine typewriter was designed by Ettore Sottsass. This was a portable typewriter. Today this typewriter is considered as a real collectable amongst design lovers. The original poppy red typewriter was fun, light-hearted and a great symbol of the design in the pop-era of the 60's. The Valentine was available in white, green and blue, but the red was the most iconic and popular. Red was used to encourage and inject fun and colour into the office space says Sottsass, although these typewriters were for homes.
On the original user guide for the Valentine "Dear Valentine, this is to tell you that you are my friend as well as my Valentine, and that I intend to write you lots of letters"
We have created this edition print of the Valentine typewriter for you to keep or to send to a loved one.
There is blank space/paper in the typewriter so that you can scribble your own personal message if you wish.
Each print was printed on the risograph using soy based inks.
Prints are printed on quality FSC certified paper, UK.
Illustrated by Pui, London based Graphic + Product Designer.
A5 210mm x 148mm