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FSW (Folding Screen Wall)

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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.
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
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 2000.75_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
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