In my modest collection, two typewriters can be mentioned in the same breath because they exemplify an era that put a premium on modernist elegance. That said, I find it interesting that they are not elegant in the same way. Below are my descriptions of each machine within the frame of the modernist design "school" that birthed them. The two typewriters in question are easily among my most attractive: Smith-Corona Sterling Floating Shift and Olivetti Studio 42.
Of course, the question that arises from this double spotlight is "which is the superior machine?" Or perhaps "which machine do I choose if I had to pick only one?" For me, it would be a mistake to pit the two in an artificial typewriter beauty contest. Each has its own special qualities; both are remarkable machines in their own right. And truth be told, they look ridiculously good together.