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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.
The Eames Elephant (plywood, grey) is available as of September 2020. The special series is limited to 999 pieces, each of which has a special numbered label.
Product ID: 1083312
This product is covered by a 2-year conditional warranty.
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Charles and Ray Eames are considered the most influential designers of the 20th century. The husband and wife team are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic art.