Much of the Eames’ design work was built as one-of-a-kind creations for their friends and family. ‘Designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945, the EamesElephant never made it into mass production. The two original prototypes were made out of molded plywood and exhibited at MoMA, but were never seen by the public again until 2007, when a limited, 1,000-piece run in red and natural maple was produced to celebrate Charles’ 100th birthday. Now, 67 years after it was first conceived in the Eames office, Charles’ grandson Demetrios has teamed up with Vitra to bring the Eames Elephant to the public en masse and for good. The elephant is available in five different colors and instead of plywood it’s made from thick plastic, a more durable choice for children at play.’
The Eames elephant is a perfect scale for the investigative play of a young child. It is a recognizable icon, and a design classic for the Modern Home. The material choice makes it equally suitable for use in the yard, or in the living room.
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