1 of 6 images

Eames Folding Screen


An undulating and adjustable six panel molded plywood screen, black satined ash panels connected by fabric "hinges.".


  • Date of manufacture
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 68 in. x W 57 in. x D 5.5 in.

    H 172.72 cm x W 144.78 cm x D 13.97 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    No. 66.005
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

     As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

     Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist, who studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

     His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

     The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the “LCW,” or Lounge Chair Wood, and the “DCM,” or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

     The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their “Wire Chair” group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their “Molded Fiberglass” chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful “La Chaise.” In 1956 the “Lounge Chair” and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

     Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: 13 hrs
Located in New York, NY
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Modernist Room Screen

Modernist Room Screen
Italian Screens and Room Dividers
An uncommon and highly adjustable modernist room screen comprised of ingeniously hinged large flattened panels of cream-hued plastic.

Room Screen by Alvar Aalto

Room Screen by Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Finnish Screens and Room Dividers
A room screen constructed from slats of clear honey-toned Finnish pine joined by unseen cables, allowing it to be positioned in a variety of positions.
Walnut and Capiz Gridded Panel
American Screens and Room Dividers
Shell, Walnut
A well scaled and finely crafted gridded panel having a hand made lap jointed walnut frame and inset with expressive and translucent squares of capiz shell.

Industrial Waste Basket

Industrial Waste Basket
American Home Accents
A finely crafted industrial patinated waste basket made of braided steel wire having a subtly flaring form.
You May Also Like
1946, Charles Eames, Original Folding Screen fo...
Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
German Screens and Room Dividers
Screen or divider by Charles Eames. This screen is in original condition. There are almost no marks on it. Folded to the maximum the divider is only 12 cm wide. Weight 14 kg
Vintage Charles Eames Molded Plywood Screen, Mi...
Charles Eames, Herman Miller
American Screens and Room Dividers
Vintage molded plywood screen by the iconic American designer Charles Eames for Herman Miller in the 1950's. This screen features six panels in a warm, deep mahogany finish attached ...
Contemporary Steel Folding Constellation Privac...
MFGR Designs
American Screens and Room Dividers
Derived from the constellations of the Equatorial region, this mobile screen is made of blackened steel panels and frame with bronze hardware accents. Moving the screen is easy with ...
Black Lacquered Folding Screen Mahogany Wood
Indonesian Screens and Room Dividers
Wood, Mahogany
Folding screen black lacquered on mahogany wood structure. Pacific Comapgnie collection.
Bamboo Folding Screen in Solid Mahogany Black L...
Indonesian Screens and Room Dividers
Folding screen bamboo with solid mahogany structure in black lacquered finish. Pacific Compagnie collection.
Elmwood four panel folding screen
Chinese Paintings and Screens
Elmwood four panel screen with Brass hinges. Place of production: Beijing, China
Japanese 4 Panel Folding Screen with Eight Samurai
Japanese Screens and Room Dividers
A Japanese folding screen with four panels depicting eight seated samurai in a structure surrounded by trees on a gold background. 10197
Wood Partition Screen, Foldable, Flexible, Braz...
Andrea Macruz
Brazilian Screens and Room Dividers
The 'V.az' is a wooden partition screen that transmits the idea of fluidity. Due to its soft openings and the idea of movement these openings transmit, it is a poetic and interactive...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries