Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive
Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive
Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive
Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive
Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive
Charles and Ray Eames, ‘Leg Splint’, 1946, The Modern Archive

No longer in production. Excellent condition, in original wrapping with label. Opened only for this photo.
An early experiment in mass-producing molded plywood, the Leg Splint was designed for the U.S. Navy in World War II. Lightweight, stackable, and resilient, the splints were advantageous to the unforgiving metal versions then in use. The Evans Products Company produced and distributed the splints. By the end of the war Evans, and the Eameses turned their attention back to furniture. Herman Miller began distributing Eames furniture produced by Evans in 1946. This Leg Splint is still wrapped in the original brown paper wrapping with Evans Products Company label.

Signature: Stamped in dark ink on front side with "Molded Plywood Division, Los Angeles, California, Patent Pending" with Evans Product Company logo. Stamped on the wood with product number S2-1790 on underside.

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Manufacturer: Evans Products Company

Evans Products Company/Herman Miller

About Charles and Ray Eames

Perhaps the most influential collaboration in design history, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames helped to create new concepts in furniture for a modern century. Exploring new techniques and materials like molded wood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, and bent wire, they created affordable furniture for the likes of Herman Miller, which have since become iconic pieces in design history. Their California studio was a laboratory where their team constantly refined and revised their experiments, reducing furniture to its most essential forms—as was the Pacific Palisades home they created as one of the famous Case Study Houses. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.” In addition to furniture, they created toys, films, videos, and textiles.

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