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1985

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1986

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ET Personal 55 Portable Typewriter, 1985-1986

This is a Portable Typewriter. It was designed by Mario Bellini. It is dated 1985-1986. Its medium is molded abs polymer, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Bellini engaged the user on both practical and visual levels with the ETP 55 typewriter, Olivetti’s contender in the new market for personal word processors and computers. The miniaturized electronic typing mechanism allowed the designer to reduce the form to a low, stepped, wedge-shaped profile. The lightweight multicolored plastic housing suggested that it was an efficient and user-friendly tool for work.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.4 × 41 × 33 cm (4 7/8 in. × 16 1/8 in. × 13 in.)

Cite this object as

ET Personal 55 Portable Typewriter, 1985-1986; Designed by Mario Bellini (Italian, b. 1935); molded abs polymer, metal; H x W x D: 12.4 × 41 × 33 cm (4 7/8 in. × 16 1/8 in. × 13 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-110

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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