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Eames Elephant (Plywood)

Charles & Ray Eames, 1945

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Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production. One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946 and still survives in the Eames family archives today. After a limited edition in 2007, Vitra has now launched serial production of the Eames Elephant in plywood for the very first time. The Eames Elephant is also available in plastic, ideal for children, as well as in a smaller version, Eames Elephant (small), which comes in a variety of colours and is also made of plastic.
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Moulded plywood (Eames Elephant Plywood) (1)
  •  24 American cherry
    24 American cherry
Material description
  • Material: plywood with face veneer in American cherry (USA).
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Eames Elephant
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. A prototype was given to Charles's 14-year-old daughter Lucia Eames and later borrowed for the…
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Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important figures of twentieth-century design. Their work spans the fields of furniture design, filmmaking, photography and exhibition design. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. When you own an Eames product made by Vitra, you know it is an original.
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