Electronic desktop computer

Project data

  • Year
  • Tipology
    Product design
  • Client
    Olivetti Spa
  • Awards
    MoMa, Permanent Design Collection, New York, – 1970, Compasso d’Oro, Italy


The “Programma 101” was the first ever desk-top computer in the world. Its form is based on a thorough analysis of the arrangement of its parts.

The input-output mechanisms are in front, facing the operator, whereas the electronic processing ‘package’ is behind.