75th Anniversary, Limited Edition Grey Eames Elephant

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Almost no other animal enjoys such popularity as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humor, it is part of our everyday experience as a child’s cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature.

Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to their charms and in 1945 designed a toy elephant while experimenting and developing their molded plywood techniques. The Eameses created a series of furniture items and sculptures. Among these initial designs, the two-part elephant proved to be the most technically challenging due to its tight compound curves and only two were made in Charles and Ray’s lifetime. One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946.

The Eames Elephant did not go into production until a limited edition version was made in 2007 to mark Charles’ centennial birthdate and only going into serial production in wood for the very first time in 2018.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Eames Elephant, Vitra launched a special series in grey-stained wood- bringing the intricately produced collector’s item even closer to its living counterparts. The special series is limited to 999 pieces, each of which have a special numbered label.

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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