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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Charles Eames, American, 1907–1978
Designer: Ray Eames, American, 1912–1988
Manufacturer: Molded Plywood Division, Evans Products Company, American, 1943–1949

Leg Splint

designed 1942

Molded plywood

42 × 8 × 4 1/4 in. (106.68 × 20.32 × 10.8 cm)
Anonymous Gift
In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames began their experiments in contouring plywood for furniture. During World War II, they used this work to produce leg splints for the U.S. Navy. The splints were made of a material that was readily available and nonstrategic. After the war, the Eameses applied the techniques developed for the splints to their seating furniture designs, such as the DCW chair.
Made in Los Angeles, California
20th century
Tools and Equipment

“Acquisitions 1982,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 1 (Winter 1984): 59, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 311, no. 216.

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