"FSW" folding screen, 1946
Charles Eames (American, 19071978); Ray Eames (American, 19121988); manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan
Ash, plywood, canvas; H. 68 in. (172.7 cm), W. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm), D. 58 1/2 in. (148.6 cm)
Gift of Theodore R. Gamble Jr., in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore I. Gamble, 1986 (1986.413.1)
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.