View Stebbi's map Taken in (See more photos ) While Ray Eames' early 1940s laminated plywood sculptures had assured the Eameses that compound curves were now possible with plywood laminations, it was the Eames' work during WWII for the navy, proved that molded plywood was a viable manufacturing direction for their modern furniture designs.
The molded plywood leg splints were designed with the help the Eames' classmate at Cranbrook and future Knoll furniture designer, Harry Bertoia. Strong, lightweight and stackable, the plywood splits were manufactured by the molded plywood division of the Evans Company in Santa Monica, California in 1942 /44. The splints were a successful and very useful replacement for the heavy metal medical traction splints used to stabilize leg injuries in battle during WWII. The Eames Office also designed the packaging and graphics for the project. Ray Eames designed the label with the splattered ink spot Evans logo, while the package itself was sealed with heavy cloth tape, a connection device the Eames Office would return to again after the war, to simply construct the drawers in the Eames' new multi-colored storage units.
The same technologies used in the construction of the plywood splint for the Navy, though refined, were the foundation for the development of the Eames' plywood designs fo ... read more