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The Eames Leg Splint for U.S. Navy

By Hollis Mickey
  • RISDM 81-045

Charles Eames, Leg Splint for U.S. Navy, ca. 1943. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand Versaci.

During World War II, the U.S. Navy commissioned designers Charles and Ray Eames to use their molded plywood technique to develop leg splints for wounded soldiers. These urgently needed designs, with their requisite attention to human form, inspired the Eames plywood chair, which became an icon of postwar American design.

Listen to two perspectives on this innovative object.

Chris Rose, a designer and professor in the Furniture Department at RISD, shares his insight on the making of the splint.

Hollis Mickey
Assistant Educator, Gallery Interpretation

Kipp Bradford, an engineer and entrepreneur, discusses the how the form and function of this object exemplify excellent design.

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Hollis Mickey
Assistant Educator, Gallery Interpretation