Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Folding screen

Designer:
Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Designer:
Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Manufacturer:
The Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, MI
Date:
ca. 1946
Medium:
Ash, plywood, and canvas
Dimensions:
H.34, W.59-1/8, D.3 inches (86.4 x 7.6 x 150.2 cm.)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore R. Gamble Jr., in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.413.1
Not on view
A key element of the design philosophy of Charles and Ray Eames was its stress on multipurpose objects and spaces, and many of their creations were intended to be used within the modern American home in a variety of ways, responding to the ever-changing social or physical requirements of the user. This reflected a prevailing trend in American postwar design away from highly specialized spaces such as dining or living rooms, and toward larger multipurpose spaces, which could serve numerous functions throughout the day, season, or year. The "FSW" (Folding Screen Wood) is a continuation of the Eames' experiments with molded plywood, and functions as a room or space divider, ideal for use in a multipurpose living environment.
Theodore R. Gamble, Jr., New York (by 1981–86; his gift to MMA)

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950," December 14, 1983–February 19, 1984, unnumbered cat. (pl. 17; lent by Theodore R. Gamble, Jr.).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950," April 18–June 17, 1984, unnumbered cat.

Helsinki. Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo/ Suomen Taideteollisuusyhdistys. "Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950," August 1–September 19, 1984, unnumbered cat.

Paris. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. "Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950," October 24, 1984–January 21, 1985, unnumbered cat.

London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950," April 1–June 30, 1985, unnumbered cat.

Arthur Drexler. Charles Eames Furniture from the Design Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1973, pp. 29, 56, figs. 46–48 (MoMA collection).

Esther McCoy. "Charles and Ray Eames." Design Quarterly no. 98/99 (1975), p. 26, ill.

R. Craig Miller in Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1983, p. 122, colorpl. 17.

Martin Eidelberg in Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925–1950. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1983, p. 230.

John Neuhart, Marilyn Neuhart, and Ray Eames. Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. New York, 1989, pp. 78–79, ill. (overall and sketch), call it "Plywood Folding Screen".

Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart. The Story of Eames Furniture., Book 1: The Early Years. Berlin, 2010, pp. 384–87, ill. (color and bw, overall and details) and ill. p. 143 (color), call it "Molded Plywood Screen".



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