Maple Elephant By Charles And Ray Eames

Edition of celebration by VITRA of hundred's birthday of Charles Eames in 2007. Limited edition of 1000 numbered pieces in maple. The total edition was sold out by VITRA within 3 month! WonderWood sold most Elephants from this special edition in whole Europe.

Also available in RED

CREATOR: Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: designed in 1945
PERIOD: 20th Century
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: 3-dimenensional bended maple plywood
MATERIALS NOTES: 3-dimenensional bended maple plywood
CONDITION: This is nr 601/1000. in new condition and in original box.
HEIGHT: 16.54 in. (42 cm)
WIDTH: 30.71 in. (78 cm)
DEPTH: 16.54 in. (42 cm)


Each of the two thousand limited edition Vitra Elephants were numbered. We are proud to offer you one of the last pluywood piece in red. A true collectors item!

The Molded Plywood Elephant represents one of the earliest examples in which this majestic animal appears in Charles and Ray’s work. They designed it in the early 1940s as a playful offshoot of their molded plywood experiments.

The elephant was part of a larger grouping of animals (including frogs, seals, horses, and bears) that the Eameses made as toys or furniture for children. They made two prototypes of the elephant, but it required complex fabrication methods and was never commercially produced.

In 2007, Vitra launched a limited edition of the Plywood Elephant in honor of Charles’s 100th birthday. The company made 1,000 in natural maple, and 1,000 in red-stained maple, and worked closely with Eames Office to reproduce the 1945 design with precision and care. The public responded enthusiastically. The Eames Elephant is now available in plastic by Vitra for those it was originally intended for: children.

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