Accounting Machine

Mario Bellini            1975            Accounting Machine                                

Whether accounting is an art form may be subject to discussion. But it can be agreed that this Italian architect designer created an artful object when designing this programmable accounting invoicing machine. With a certain sense for playfulness, but top level functionality he managed to come up with a perfectly workable and attractive solution to the task. The rear part resembles a dinosaur spine, as he never tired to point out. Was it an ironic hint that these types of mechano-electronic hybrids were on their way to extinction? His frisky color choices were in fact reflective of functional priorities, with the most important parts coded in red. The instrument’s ergonomics were flawless, with a keyboard slanted in just the right angle. Aside being a successful office machine, the eye-catching device also made it into the Museum of Modern Art in New York.