Eames Elephant Plywood Limited Grey Edition

R 35,862.75

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 in 1945 as a playful offshoot of their molded plywood experiments.

With these initial designs, the two-part elephant proved to be  technically challenging due to its tight compound curves. Only two were made in Charles and Ray’s lifetime and it never made it into mass production. One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946 and remains in the Archives.

The First Plywood Elephants

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Eames in 2007, Vitra worked closely with Eames Office to introduce a Limited Edition Molded Plywood Elephant, which would be the first time this coveted piece was commercially produced.

The tooling that was created to finally put this cherished design into production was then used to create the more common plastic elephant, which allowed a more affordable version to be produced.

This Limited Edition Plywood Eames Elephant is a highly sought after collectible, as only 1000 in both natural maple and red stained maple were produced for the first time ever. Each Plywood Elephant is packaged in a special collector’s box and with it’s serial number engraved on a small aluminum plaque.

This is a collectors item in new, un-opened condition. Given the nature of this product there are no returns or exchanges.

Plywood Elephants enter Serial Production

After a successful reception, ten years later, the Plywood Elephant entered full production — this time in a beautiful American Cherry!

Whether used as a toy, or a decorative item (indoors or out) this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, over-sized ears is bound to bring cheer and enjoyment to many a child’s and parent’s heart.

Celebrating 75 Years — They Grey Plywood Elephant

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Eames Elephant, Vitra launched a special series in grey-stained wood — bringing the intricately produced collector’s item even closer to its living counterparts. The special Grey Eames Elephant series is limited to 999 pieces, each of which have a special numbered label.

 

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Eames Elephant Plywood Limited Grey Edition

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.

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 launched serial production of the Eames Elephant in wood for the very first time in 2018.

 

Eames Elephant Plywood Limited Grey Edition

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Eames Elephant, Vitra launched a special series in grey-stained wood — bringing the intricately produced collector’s item even closer to its living counterparts. The special Grey Eames Elephant series is limited to 999 pieces, each of which have a special numbered label.

.see more information at Eames office here

 

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 46 × 42 × 40 cm

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