Leg Splint

  • Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Leg Splint, 1942, plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Harish K. Patel in memory of his father Khodabhai C. Patel, 2001.19

Exhibition Label

Husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames joined the war effort during World War II by entering into a contract with the U.S. Navy to develop a lightweight molded plywood leg splint. The object they designed, celebrated as much for its elegant biomorphic form as its utility, was true to their design philosophy of "making the best for the most for the least." Through their Navy contract, they had valuable access to military technology and manufacturing processes and gained insights that would serve as the basis for many of their later designs, especially their trademark chairs.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Leg Splint
Artists
Date
1942
Location
Dimensions
41 3/4 × 7 7/8 × 4 in. (106.0 × 20.0 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Harish K. Patel in memory of his father Khodabhai C. Patel

Mediums
Mediums Description
plywood
Classifications
Object Number
2001.19
Palette
Linked Open Data
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