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Splint-Box

A distinguished professor and former chair of the UCLA Department of architecture and urban design was retiring. In gratitude of his service the school wanted to present him with a meaningful gift: a half scale Eames Splint built as research during a tech seminar lead by Jason Payne. We were asked to build a presentation box worthy of the object and the Los Angeles design culture it represents. We built a “splint for a splint”. Given our understanding of the Eames Splint as a translation of the form and geometry of the body through the filter of material properties and with the added necessity for specific performance, our Splint box translates the form and geometry of the splint to a new material, still wood, but solid rather than veneer and with new techniques for creating form and requirements for how the object performs.