Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen by Herman Miller

Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen


Designer Charles & Ray Eames
Launched in 1946
Architonic id 1043801

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Charles and Ray Eames noted that U-shaped cross sections of plywood from their early molding experiments were stable enough to stand alone. To make their screen, they joined the sections with canvas hinges and a synthetic adhesive developed during World War II. Today, a polypropylene mesh held securely by a new process ensures a longer life without compromising the integrity of the 1946 design.

As Charles and Ray Eames saw it, designers just want to have "serious fun." This 68-inch-high, undulating screen resulted from their play. It's a portable, foldable, enjoyable way to divide space, provide a backdrop, and add privacy. The screen was designed as a complement to other Eames molded plywood creations. It's also a stand-alone piece distinctive in all kinds of settings.

Classic Construction
Five-ply strength. The screen's maple inner plies are sandwiched between light ash, walnut, natural cherry, or ebony veneers to resist warping and separation.
Six U-shaped sections. Each section is 10 inches long; the screen unfolds to 60 inches long and just 2 1/4 inches thick.
Flexible connections. A durable, woven polypropylene mesh connects the six plywood sections so it's easy to adjust the footprint.
Folds for storage. Easy to carry and tucks neatly away.

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