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  • We acquired this object.

2007

  • Work on this object began.

2017

2021

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Foldable Wheelchair Wheel, Morph Wheel, 2007

This is a Foldable Wheelchair Wheel. It was manufactured by Maddak Inc.. It is dated 2007. Its medium is glass-reinforced nylon, aluminum.

Portability is a key factor to being mobile and moving about as unencumbered as possible. Among the challenges of storing and transporting wheelchairs is wheel size. These folding wheels, originally developed for the high-end bicycle industry, are a game-changer for wheelchair users, collapsing to nearly half the space, thus enabling the wheels and wheelchair to fit into smaller storage compartments.

It is credited Lent by Duncan Fitzsimons.

  • Beaker And Cover
  • wood, turned, fruit wood.
  • Gift of Clinton Wilder.
  • 1979-86-39-a,b

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Architect's Table (Germany)
  • carved and joined mahogany, mahogany veneer, oak, walnut, pine, cherry,....
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-160-1
  • Folding Chair (USA)
  • carved, joined and turned wood or mahogany, woven wool upholstery, metal tacks.
  • Gift of Marilyn Friedman.
  • 2000-74-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 62.2 × 62.2 × 10.2 cm (24 1/2 in. × 24 1/2 in. × 4 in.)

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

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