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Shape Memory Scissors, 1997

This is a Scissors. It was designed by Naoyoshi Machida and manufactured by UKAI-RIKI/Gifu Seki Cutlery Industry Association. It is dated 1997 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is steel, polyurethane resin. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Shape Memory Scissors are ergonomically designed and customizable for each user. Made with a flexible plastic, the handles’ shape can be adjusted when heated and are reminiscent of highly elastic legs observed in some species of insects and other animals.

This object was donated by Gallery 91. It is credited Gift of Gallery 91.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 27.3 × 6.4 × 1 cm (10 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 3/8 in.)

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Shape Memory Scissors, 1997; Designed by Naoyoshi Machida ; steel, polyurethane resin; L x W x D: 27.3 × 6.4 × 1 cm (10 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 3/8 in.); Gift of Gallery 91; 2014-47-10

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