EAMES Plywood Elephant

While touring the Eames exhibit at The Henry Ford, Emily and I spotted the duo’s original, and very rare (only two known original prototypes exist), elephant sculpture. Never mass produced, we looked longingly at the little sculpture originally conceived as a toy for children. Alas it was never to be ours. Or was it?

According to the Eames Office website, this little fellow is about to make a trium(ele)phant return.

2007 Anniversary Edition of the Eames Plywood Elephant

Special discounted price for pre-orders! Prices increase to $2007 in November 2007.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Eames, Vitra is introducing a limited anniversary edition of the Eames Plywood Elephant, a legendary furniture sculpture that was designed in 1945 but never produced for general distribution and sale. Of the two known prototypes, only one remains in the Eames Family Archives.

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 as a toy for children, but also as a striking sculptural object that makes a statement in any environment with its vigorous curves and delightful character.

[You can also see this and many other cool design items on the Vitra website.]

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