Eames Restoration

bent plywood

Though the basement was crowded and dark, I could spot those legs from a mile away. They were dirty, broken, and old, but they have seen quadruple the years as I, and showed their wisdom through an unspeakable patina of stains, scratches, and dents. It was an unassembled Eames DCW from the late 1940s.


The first photo below is the moment the cashier swiped my credit card. The next is a photo is from the restoring process - it is the underside of the seat and its shock mounts (and my toes). The backrest had holes in it from a shabby fix where the hardware was bored through the face, ruining the purity of its surface. To fix this, I cut and bent a piece of local walnut, built up the gaping holes, glued the walnut chip to the face, and reattached the shock mount with a poxy. I hope Charles & Ray would appreciate this unique fix. 


My hope was that this project would be a precedent for my explorations with bending wood for sculpture. Restoring and shooting this DCW brought me closer to the possibilities of wood as a material. It is certainly unspeakably beautiful. Its presence is bold. Its shadows are sacred. Below are photographs and some sketches. The DCW was featured in a gallery show of mine, the "Work in Progress" show displayed alongside my bentwood sculptures "Form & Material."

Status: Complete

Date: Summer 2020

Type: Personal project

Location: Minneapolis, MN

All photography and post-production by me