Leg splint

Charles Eames American
Ray Eames American

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During World War II, the U.S. Navy called upon Charles and Ray Eames to create a lightweight, inexpensive leg splint. The resulting highly sculptural yet functional, modular device could be mass-produced and conveniently transported. Access to military technology and manufacturing facilities allowed the Eameses to perfect the plywood-molding technique they had been working on for several years. The splint’s biomorphic form suggests the couple’s subsequent influential plywood furniture designs.

Leg splint, Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri), Molded plywood

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