Olivetti typewriter 1950 Lettera 22, Made in Italy, seen here in the sought after Nordic Grey colour paint, die cast full aluminum body which makes is super light, ultra portable and durable, this is the most rarest expensive Model of those days, Slim, sleek, ultra compact and way ahead of competitors in its period, Lettera 22 is designed by Marcello Nizzoli in collaboration with the engineer Giuseppe Beccio in 1950, produced by the Olivetti company of Ivrea, Italy
It represents the first example of a portable typewriter, compact and easy to transport and manageable. The design of Nizzoli the “body” follows them volumes dictated by the functions of the keyboard and internal mechanisms, combining clean lines with a functional with a pleasant appearance. Under the leadership of Adriano Olivetti, the fifties marked a phase of extraordinary growth for the company of Ivrea.
Olivetti leads the market for products destined to become true cult objects for beauty of design, but also for the technical quality and functional excellence, including the portable typewriter, Lettera 22.
Recognition – In 1959, a jury of 100 designers promoted by the Illinois Institute of Technology chose Letter 22 designed by Nizzoli as the first of the 100 best design products made in the last 100 years.
Among the various awards in 1956 the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award given for this reason: “Is attributed to the typewriter Lettera 22 as an example of optimal solution for the needs of portability related to the type of object. The aesthetic of Nizzoli is solved here in a form that enhances the concept of portability consistent with the requirements of minimum footprint “.
In Moma – Lettera 22, is exhibited in the permanent design collection at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.
12.5 inches long
10.5 inches wide
3 inches tall