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2013/26/1 Typewriter with carry case, 'Lettera 35', plastic / metal / rubber, designed by Mario Bellini, Italy, made by Olivetti, Spain, 1974. Click to enlarge.

Olivetti Lettera 35 portable typewriter and carry case designed by Mario Bellini

Made by Ing C Olivetti & C SpA in Spain, Europe, 1974.

The Lettera 35 portable typewriter was designed by Mario Bellini and manufactured by Olivetti. Mario Bellini produced designs for Olivetti that continued a tradition of exploring bold new forms for existing products. His design technique was to first build three dimensional models. Bellini would then engage with and modify this prototype prior to any engineering drawings being executed. During this design process Bellini was able to refine the shape and visual impact, the product’s narrative (an...

Summary

Object No.

2013/26/1

Object Statement

Typewriter with carry case, 'Lettera 35', plastic / metal / rubber, designed by Mario Bellini, Italy, made by Olivetti, Spain, 1974

Physical Description

A portable typewriter with a chassis of cast metal with ripple finished cream coloured enamel paint. At the front is a qwerty keyboard typewriter with cream coloured type keys. One key is red. The typewriter is stored in a fitted hard black plastic carry case.

Marks

'Olivetti Lettera 35' along centre top, 'NSW 403OMF' engraved on centre back.

Dimensions

Height

110 mm

Width

350 mm

Depth

355 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Mario Bellini in 1974. Olivetti had manufacturing plants at Ivrea, Italy; Spain and Ireland. This typewriter was manufactured in Spain.

History

Notes

The typewriter was purchased new by the donor (possibly from the Olivetti store in the Sydney CBD) around 1975. It was used for personal correspondence and then placed into storage before being offered to the Museum in 2012.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Helen Duxbury, 2013

Acquisition Date

11 March 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

Olivetti Lettera 35 portable typewriter and carry case designed by Mario Bellini 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/462408>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/462408 |title=Olivetti Lettera 35 portable typewriter and carry case designed by Mario Bellini |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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