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Designed by Marcello Nizzoli, one of the most influential Italian designers from the 1930s to 1950s, the Lettera 22 was embraced internationally as a portable typewriter, especially by journalists. Nizzoli first worked for the family firm of Olivetti as a graphic designer, and then became its chief product designer, producing landmark designs including the Lexikon 80 and Lettera 22 (and the Mirella sewing machine for Necchi). The Lettera 22 is typical of his work: functional, muted, yet with clear sculptured lines-punctuated by the single red tab key. In 1954, it won the inaugural Compasso d’Oro Award, the pre-eminent Italian design award. The Lettera 22 has all-important big typewriter features. With its award-winning good looks, rugged dependability, it was originally sold for $88 (later reduced to $68). The most common color was blue but also available in green and gray at the time. (wiki)
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Created to be the quintessential portable typewriter, the Laterra 22 is made of sturdy but lightweight steel. There’s nothing under the keys besides air. Even the case wastes absolutely no space.
This authentic Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter crafted in Canada makes a beautiful addition to any room and perfect for adding a genuine throwback feel to cards, letters, invitations, and correspondence of all kinds. Due to its one-of-a-kind nature, there may be some minor imperfections, otherwise, the cosmetics are in immaculate condition. We only have one, so get it or regret it! You can easily get ribbons on eBay or Amazon or we can order them for you.
Dimensions: Length: 34 cm, width: 32 cm, height: 10 cm, weight: 5.4 kg.
Case: Available – shows signs of wear commensurate to age
A typical museum piece see:
Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA): https://www.moma.org/collection/works/2967
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS): https://collection.maas.museum/object/361382
|Dimensions||34 × 32 × 10 cm|
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