Allegedly, these are still in production – but I’ve looked high and low and have yet to find a retailer for a brand new Olivetti Valentine typewriter.
Shame really, as this 1969 design classic by Ettore Sottsass would add instant cool to any desk. Described as the iPod of its generation, the Valentine was as much about fashion as functionality, slimming down to fit in its own matching case, so you could type as and when the mood took you.
If you don’t have any luck finding one new, eBay is (as ever) on hand. Do a Euro search for affordable models, including the one pictured here, which seems to be in excellent and complete order, with a current high bid of around £16. Which in our book, is an absolute steal.