NYC’s Last Typewriter Repairman

Paul Schweitzer is quite possibly the last of his kind. The 76-year-old has been fixing typewriters since the age of five and has witnessed first-hand the rise and fall of a machine that was once found on nearly every desk in New York City. His business, The Gramercy Typewriting Co, is the last repair shop in Manhattan and has been able to stay alive by …

The Amazing Type-Writer App

The limited-run new app puts antique type in your pocket

Nostalgia is a thing of the future with The Amazing Type-Writer iOS app produced by Devin Chalmers at Doormouse Manufacturing. Mimicking the old-time clickety-clack of a Remington, The Amazing Type-Writer runs on “micro-swingarms” and the “latest in mobile pneumatic tubes technology.” With the app’s moveable carriage, users can hack away cryptic ransom notes or lines from “The Shining,” displayed on a simulated piece of mimeograph …

Negozio Olivetti

Carlo Scarpa's architectural feat restored to glory as Venice's newest museum

Widely recognized for their Ettore Sottsass-designed Valentine typewriter, one of Olivetti’s less celebrated design accomplishments is the company’s Venice showroom and store. Architect Carlo Scarpa spent two years conceiving the space with a focus on transparencies and materials after commissioned by Adriano Olivetti in the late ’50s, leading to what became one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century. Located on Venice’s …