Eames Molded Plywood Leg Splint, circa 1943

Summary

At the start of World War II, the splints used for supporting broken limbs were heavy, inflexible, and made of increasingly scarce metal. Designers Charles and Ray Eames created a lightweight, strong, and adaptable leg splint design--and developed an innovative plywood molding process to produce them. The Eames molded leg splint became a highly effective solution for the military as well as a design object.

At the start of World War II, the splints used for supporting broken limbs were heavy, inflexible, and made of increasingly scarce metal. Designers Charles and Ray Eames created a lightweight, strong, and adaptable leg splint design--and developed an innovative plywood molding process to produce them. The Eames molded leg splint became a highly effective solution for the military as well as a design object.

Artifact

Splint (Surgery)

Date Made

circa 1943

Creators

Eames, Charles, 1907-1978 

Eames, Ray 

Evans Products Company. Molded Plywood Division 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Los Angeles 

Creator Notes

Made by the Evans Products Company, Molded Plywood Division. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

89.177.13

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Plywood
Fir (Wood)

Technique

Molding (forming)
Veneering

Dimensions

Height: 3.75 in

Width: 6.25 in

Length: 43.25 in

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