Friday, May 29, 2015

Olivetti Lotion Pillows

I thought I've seen every Olivetti merchandising material (pocket dictionary, miniature toy truck, nail file, etc.) until I spotted this on ebay. Nope, didn't buy it. I found my limit.

It's gone now so no credits.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ex Ex Libris

*Typecast via Olivetti Lexikon 80

On another note, here's a funny design
on a t-shirt photographer Ping Amranand
bought in Bangkok. Thanks for sending
this, Ping!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dad dreams lo-tech

* Typecast via Olympia B12
* Any resemblance between the Olympia B12 and Royal Safari is purely incidental. I think.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Talented Mr. Lettera 22

Typo correction: "dramatic art arc"

Plein Soleil ("Purple Noon," dir. René Clément, France, 1960) has a symbolic complexity and understated sophistication that allows for a more imaginative participation from the viewer. Like Hitchcock's Vertigo, it dares to leave questions unanswered. It is also awash in real mid-century mod coolness; it was a delight to see Olivetti Lettera 22 portrayed not just so prominently but also in its natural habitat.

The Hollywood version The Talented Mr. Ripley (dir. Anthony Minghella, 1999) is a fairly good film with a tendency to be in your face, disclosing character motivations confessional style. It spells things out for you. No mystique, no symbolic undertones. And unlike in the French film where it is spotlighted at key junctures, Olivetti Lettera 22 only plays a cameo here.

* Plein Soleil is one more title for my Typewriters in Cinema list.
* Typecast via Olivetti Lettera 22