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What's In It For You

Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen

Product Story

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.

Design Story

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.

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