Leg Splint

A work made of molded plywood.

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  • A work made of molded plywood.

Date:

c. 1942

Artist:

Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978)
Ray Eames (American 1912-1988)

About this artwork

During World War II Charles and Ray Eames designed this lightweight and inexpensive splint for the U.S. Navy. Due to the functional design and sturdy lightweight construction, these leg splints were ideal for transport to the field for injured soldiers. When commissioned to develop these splints, the Eames had already been experimenting with molded plywood technology for projects in their studio. With access to military technology and manufacturing facilities, the designers were able to further develop and refine the process in order to create their first mass-produced product. By 1945 150,000 of these iconic leg splints had been produced. The leg splint is a precursor for much of the Eameses’ later work, in which they utilized similar technology to develop sculptural molded plywood furniture.

On View

Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artist

Charles Eames

Title

Leg Splint

Origin

United States

Date

1937–1947

Medium

Molded plywood

Dimensions

106.7 x 19.7 x 10.8 cm (42 x 7 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ken and Sara Isaacs

Reference Number

2008.696

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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