Well, this is Cool

9th August 2021

Lego have released a typewriter that you can build – and sort of use – inspired by the actual machine founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen used. It’s mid-century modern in dashing mint green and really looks the part.

Released late July they have proved pretty popular, flying off the shelves. The machine works almost exactly like a real typewriter, you can press the letters, the paper moves and there are those familiar clunk sounds, but there is no ink in the ribbon.

A lovely thing though, and quite a design feat. Based on the concept that a Lego fan, British Steve Guinness, submitted to an ideas forum.

(Check out our illustration of a vintage Olivetti typewriter from our design classics series)

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