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.