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1986

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1996

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Phorm Ergonomic Hand-Held Calculator

This is a Calculator. It is dated 1986 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded plastic, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Zelco produced this calculator in two different models: one for right-handed users and the other for left-handed users. As the calculator’s title suggests, the device was designed to maximize efficiency and comfort for the user. The brightly colored keys, coded by function, allow for ease and accuracy when entering calculations.

This object was donated by Steelcase. It is credited Gift of Arango Design Foundation.

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  • offset lithograph on white wove paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of James A. Lapides and from General....
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Its dimensions are

Overall: 3 x 13.4 x 7.5 cm (1 3/16 x 5 1/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Phorm Ergonomic Hand-Held Calculator; USA; molded plastic, electronic components; Overall: 3 x 13.4 x 7.5 cm (1 3/16 x 5 1/4 x 2 15/16 in.); Gift of Arango Design Foundation; 1994-31-6

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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