Artifact Details

Title

Valentine portable typewriter

Catalog Number

102628789

Type

Physical object

Date

1969

Manufacturer

Olivetti

Place Manufactured

Barcelona, Spain

Dimensions

overall: 3.25 x 13.25 x 13 3/4 in

Description

Object consists of typewriter and plastic cover.

Category

Miscellaneous/other

Curator Notes

The Olivetti Valentine typewriter was designed by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King to be used anywhere but in the office. Inspired by vibrant 1960s pop art, Sottsass saw the amateur poet as the typical user. While commercially unsuccessful, the Valentine stands out as a design icon in Olivetti's long tradition as a typewriter manufacturer.