In one of their early molding experiments, Charles and Ray produced U-shaped cross sections of plywood. They discovered that, if they lined them up end-to-end and added a flexible connector, they could extend the units into sculptural, wave-like screens.
The Eameses first method for joining the plywood sections together utilized a flexible synthetic adhesive developed during World War II called vinylite tape. Charles and Ray were among the first designers to apply technologies, materials, and bonding substances developed during World War II to the design of products for the civilian market.
Still made today by Herman Miller and Vitra, Eames Folding Screens elegantly divide rooms, create privacy, or serve as a beautiful backdrop to other furniture and objects. They are sturdy enough to stand on their own, light enough to move with ease, and flexible enough to fold up and tuck away.
Sandwiching the Screen’s inner plies between veneers yields sturdy, five-ply molded plywood sections that resist warping and separation. The screen is made of six U-shaped sections, each 10 inches wide. The 68-inch high screen unfolds to five feet wide and just 2¼ inches thick.