Designed by: Charles & Ray Eames
Manufactured by: Vitra
Year of drawing: 1945
In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames spent several years developing and refining a technique for moulding plywood into three-dimensional shapes, creating
a series of furniture items and sculptures in the process. Among these initial designs, the two-part elephant proved to be the most technically challenging
due to its tight compound curves, and the piece never went into serial production. One prototype, which was given to Charles's 14-year-old daughter Lucia
Eames, was loaned to the Museum of Modern Art in New York for a 1946 exhibition. It is still in the possession of the Eames family today.
After a limited edition in 2007, Vitra has now added a plywood version of the legendary Eames Elephant to its standard portfolio. The sculptural decorative
figure with a high-quality face veneer in American cherry has been available since 2017.
Several years ago, the Eames Elephant was also launched in plastic, making it available to the target group for which it was originally intended: children.
And a smaller version – with an identical design but reduced in scale – likewise comes in plastic in a choice of colours.
- Available in "Buy Online" -
Plywood & small plastic version not available to buy online
Designed by: Javier Mariscal
Manufactured by: Magis Me Too
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