Olivetti Valentine design typemachine Ettore Sottsass
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Plastic pop-art icon
Ettore Sottsass Jr. is an Italian architect and designer. He also designs Olivetti office machines and furniture for twenty years. With this bright red Olivetti Valentine with orange spools, he brings pop-art into the typewriter world. Could the split with traditional design be any greater?
The plastic Valentine, which is as light as a feather, is immediately called a design icon and takes pride of place in many design museums. The man in the street is not so enthusiastic, also because it is technically not as good as can be expected from Olivetti. He can be obtained in grey (rare), blue (rarer) and green (rarer still).