Facit with an E (T)

With a dark grey ABS plastic body and yellow highlights as per the Swedish flag, the Facit T 110/T 150 is a hard-to-find E.T.

The elaborate keyboard cover is raised at the centre to accommodate the raised 20-character LCD screen that comes with the triple pitch T 150 …

The manufacturer of the T 110/T 150 is listed in my 1989 edition of the German Office Equipment catalogue Info-Markt as Facit – Schweden, but only because it was designed by Swedish designer, Per Börjesson, in 1988.

Per Börjesson (*1952) graduated from the Konstfack industrial design university in Stockholm in 1977. One year later Börjesson joined Electrolux, holding several senior positions for the Group, including brand design director for Electrolux small appliances during the development phase of several successful products. From 1983-1989 he was a consultant for Roland Lindhe Design and Creative leader for Ericsson’s first brand identity for mobile phones and computer systems.

But Swedish design does not mean Swedish-made. If you look under the hood, you’ll find a standard Nakajima AX series ribbon and the not-so-standard “bat-eared” Nakajima cartridge wheel I featured in a recent post.

This confirms the T-110/T-150 as an unusual variant of AX-series portable E.T.s manufactured by Nakajima in their thousands for the likes of Royal Business Machines and Sears in the USA.

Other T-series E.T.s are also Nakajima-made, but without the Swedish design. Colour highlights and labels provide some continuity in design.

Facit T-120:

Facit T 125:

Facit T-310:

Facit T-320:

Facit T-360:

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