Artist: Charles Eames (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1907–1978 St. Louis, Missouri)
Artist: Ray Eames (American, 1913–1988)
Medium: Molded plywood
Dimensions: 42 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (107.3 x 20 x 8.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Fifty/50, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.246
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.