Fascinated by the majestic animal, Charles and Ray Eames originally designed the black Eames Elephant for Vitra in 1945.
First designed as a toy for children, this strikingly sculptural elephant makes a statement with its vigorous curves and delightful character. Admired for its magnificent size and loved for its gentle nature, the friendly face of this elephant would add a charming note to any setting.
Now crafted from strong polypropylene with a matte finish, the Eames Elephant is available for its originally intended target: children.
Whether it is used as a toy in a playroom, or simply as a decorative item, the charming Eames Elephant is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
No animal enjoys as much popularity as the elephant. Admired for its impressive size and loved for its proverbial good humor, the elephant is part of children's daily life as a stuffed animal, a character in a storybook or as a majestic creature. Charles & Ray Eames also admired its charms and in 1945 they designed a plywood elephant to play with. However, it never went into mass production. In 1945, Charles and Ray Eames developed an elephant-shaped toy made of plywood. Currently this design and decoration piece is manufactured in plastic for the children's room.
This piece of design can be used as a toy or just as a decoration object.
In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames spent several years developing a technique for molding plywood into three-dimensional shapes, creating a series of pieces of furniture and sculpture. Among these early designs, the two-part elephant proved to be the most technically challenging due to its tight curves, and the piece never went into series production. A prototype, given to Charles' daughter, 14-year-old Lucia Eames, was lent to the Museum of Modern Art in New York for an exhibition in 1946.
After a limited edition in 2007, Vitra has added a new version of the legendary Eames Elephant to its portfolio. The sculptural figurehead with a high-quality varnish has been available since 2017.
Currently we can find it in several colors, making the little ones delight.