FSW (Folding Screen Wall)
U-shaped pieces, a by-product of early experiments with molding plywood, made it possible to construct this freestanding, adjustable, and easy-to-carry folding screen. Each panel is an undulating form. United by full-length canvas “hinges,” the panels suggest a succession of waves reaching the shoreline.
The FSW screen proved labor-intensive to produce, and it was discontinued in 1956. The piece shown here is unusual for its ebonized veneer and ten-panel width, rather than the typical eight.
- Designers: Charles Eames, American, 1907-1978; Ray Eames, American, born Bernice Alexander Kaiser, 1912-1988
- Manufacturers: Molded Plywood Division, Eames Products Company (1946-1949); Herman Miller Furniture Company (1949-1956)
- Medium: Laminated plywood, canvas
- Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
- Dates: Designed 1946; Manufactured 1946-1955
- Dimensions: 67 9/16 x 101 3/4 x 3 1/16 in. (171.6 x 258.4 x 7.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2000.75
- Credit Line: H. Randolph Lever Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978). FSW (Folding Screen Wall), Designed 1946; Manufactured 1946-1955. Laminated plywood, canvas, 67 9/16 x 101 3/4 x 3 1/16 in. (171.6 x 258.4 x 7.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 2000.75. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Folding screen of black-stained, molded plywood and canvas. Ten panel screen of identical u-shaped panels held together by full-length natural-colored canvas strips that serve as hinges allowing the piece to be accordion-folded to the width of a single panel. Condition: good.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)