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Eames Moulded Plywood Folding Screen

Eames Moulded Plywood Folding Screen

Product Story

As Charles and Ray Eames saw it, designers just want to have “serious fun”. This undulating screen, 1,730-mm high, is one result of their play. It’s a portable, foldable and enjoyable way to divide space, provide a backdrop and create privacy. The screen was designed as a complement to other Eames moulded plywood creations. It’s also a stand-alone piece and 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 254-mm across; the screen unfolds to around 1,520-mm in length and just 57-mm in thickness.

Flexible connections. A durable, woven polypropylene mesh connects the six plywood sections so that it’s easy to adjust the footprint.

Folds for storage. Easy to carry and tucks neatly away.

Design Story

Charles and Ray Eames noted that U-shaped cross sections of plywood from their early moulding 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.

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