From the kitchen to MoMA: 50 years and over a billion pairs sold worldwide

Design / Market News By Editorial Staff,

Fiskars celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic orange-handled Scissors

For 50 years, superior comfort and durable stainless-steel blades have guaranteed the long-lasting functionality of the Classic Scissors.

Today, the Scissors are still ideal for all cutting and can be found everywhere, from the kitchen drawer at grandma’s house, to schools and offices all around the world.

Even the Museum of Modern Art in New York has a pair in their permanent collection.

 

Scissors by Fiskars - 2

Developed in 1967, they became the world’s first scissors with plastic handles, with over a billion pairs sold world-wide over the decades that followed.

The Scissors play an expressive role in the creative process of international fashion houses, artists, and artisans everywhere.

To this day, all Classic 21 cm Scissors are manufactured and hand-tested in our factory in Finland.

 

Design Museum in Helsinki - Our Scissors by Fiskars

Helsinki Design Museum – Our Scissors Exhibition

 

The iconic orange color

The characteristic orange color was a happy coincidence in 1967.

The first Scissors were produced in the same factory that manufactured Fiskars juicers, where the orange color was left in one of the machines by accident.

When it came to the final vote deciding the color of the handle, orange beat black by 9 votes to 7, and thus became the distinct feature of the iconic Scissors.

 

Design Museum in Helsinki - Our Scissors by Fiskars

Helsinki Design Museum – Our Scissors Exhibition

 

Fiskars’ Scissors celebrates their 50th anniversary 

The celebrations culminate in an exhibition titled Our Scissors at the Helsinki Design Museum in September.

The exhibition, which is part of Helsinki Design Week, will feature artworks inspired by the iconic Scissors.

In honour of the event, Fiskars has invited artists and creative individuals from around the world to participate with their inspired birthday greetings.

Some of the works are inspired by the scissors as an object, some by their orange colour, and others by their function of cutting.

 

Design Museum in Helsinki - Scissors by Fiskars

 

Some featured Designers

Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph

A Danish textile, print and material designer as well as a researcher.

She is a highly passionate, hands-on designer with an explorative and experimental approach towards creating.

Cecilie is very tactile and focuses on the ability of the senses as a function enabling us to both see and touch, but also manipulate the mind. Thus, she often exploits the possibilities of fabric manipulations.

 

Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph - Fiskars Scissors - Anniversary

 

Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen

She creates artistic “paper couture”.

Haute couture fashion accessories and unique interior paper decorations for celebration, events, shows and branding.

Her experimental and artistic approach to design has led to international recognition through her spectacular hand cut accessories. These have been worn by Björk, Steven Tyler among others.

 

Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen - Fiskars Scissors - Anniversary

 

Riikka Fransila

A Finnish artist, who experimented with many different techniques before collage art found a permanent place in her heart.

She ”paints” with scissors, making collages out of anything that pleases her aesthetic eye. Her unique multilayered pieces of art combine various materials with a sense of nostalgia, irony and humour.

The piece Strong Vision created for Fiskars is made of recycled vintage magazines, ads and books.

 

Riikka Fransila - Fiskars Scissors - Anniversary

 

Martin Bergström

He uses traditional fairytales in his works – ominous story lines collide with delicious illusions.

Educated in Stockholm and Berlin, his MA in textiles has turned his compass towards fashion, but his first love has always been fiction – bringing mesmerizing stories to life through creative direction, set and print designs, costumes and illustrations.

It is important for him to bring lasting value and meaning to his designs.

 

Martin Bergström - Friskars Scissors - Anniversary

 

The Scissors are one of Fiskars’ and Finland’s most iconic design products.

This exhibition is a celebration of the Scissors’ role as a design classic that is used and recognised across the globe.”,

said Marika Orkamo, Director of Brand and Integrated Marketing at Fiskars.

See more info about the Exhibition here.

Centuries of pride, passion, and design

Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village, Fiskars has grown to be a leading consumer goods company with globally recognized brands including Fiskars, Gerber, Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Waterford, and Wedgwood.

With iconic products, strong brands, and a global ambition, Fiskars is dedicated to enriching people’s lives in the home, garden, and outdoor.

Its products are available in more than 100 countries, and the company employs around 8,700 people in 30 countries. Fiskars is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

 

Helsinki - Scissors by Fiskars

 

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