2007 Limited Edition Molded Plywood Eames Elephant


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The first Eames Elephants to go into production are special collectors items.


Charles and Ray Eames were fascinated by elephants. Many images of these gentle giants are found in Charles’ photographic documentations of Indian culture and the circus world. The Plywood Elephant was designed in 1945 as a playful offshoot of their molded plywood experiments.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Eames in 2007, Vitra worked closely with Eames Office to introduce a Limited Edition Molded Plywood Elephant, which would be the first time this coveted piece was commercially produced.  Only two known prototypes were made in 1945, and only one remains in the Archives.

The tooling that was created to finally put this cherished design into production was then used to create the more common plastic elephant, which allowed a more afforable version to be produced.

This Limited Edition is a highly sought after collectible, as only 1000 in both natural maple and red stained maple were produced for the first time ever. Each Molded Plywood Elephant is packaged in a special collector’s box and with it’s serial number engraved on a small aluminum plaque.

This is a collectors item in new, un-opened condition. Given the nature of this product there are no returns or exchanges.

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 14 × 16 in

Natural Maple Or Red Stained Maple

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Made In Switzerland By Vitra


Natural Maple, Red Stained Maple

Charles & Ray Eames

Elephants Or Molded Plywood

Starting in 1941 with the experimental molded plywood chair seats and the Kazam! machine, Charles and Ray Eames continued their explorations with the splint, litters and arm splints in 1941 - 1944, eventually selling the plywood splints to the US Navy during World War II. Concurrently, their love of sculptural forms, toys and the circus (with its organized chaos resembling the practice of design) Charles and Ray also created beautiful molded plywood sculptures and toys. Molded plywood elephants, now also made in kid-friendly polypropylene are available today.

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