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2011

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2017

2020

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Wheelchair, Prime TC Transport, 2011

This is a Wheelchair. It was designed by Michael Graves Architecture & Design and Stryker Medical and manufactured by Stryker Medical.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Stryker Medical as part of Access+Ability.

It is dated 2011. Its medium is steel, stainless steel, polypropylene, nylon, tpu.

This represents a complete rethink of the hospital transport wheelchair. Taking an empathetic approach to its redesign, several “users” were considered, among them the patient, the transporter, and maintenance people. Other issues considered included transferring patients and equipment, patient falls, spread of infection, clinician back strain, nesting storage, lost parts, and theft. Its many articulating parts expand the notion of portability.

It is credited Lent by Stryker Medical.

Our curators have highlighted 10 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • VeloPlus Wheelchair Transport, 2016
  • steel frame with standard bicycle parts and components.
  • Courtesy of Bike-On/Spinov8 Distribution Center, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.
  • MOBILITY.020

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 185.4 × 69.9 × 110.5 cm (6 ft. 1 in. × 27 1/2 in. × 43 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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