Charles and Ray Eames were
fascinated by elephants and in 1945 designed a plywood version
for use as a child’s toy and as a decorative interior object.
Unfortunately, these were never put into mass production — in actual fact
only 2 were every produced, one still in the Eames family archives.
To celebrate Charles Eames 100th
birthday in 2007, a very limited production run of elephants were made
available for purchase. Initially manufacturer Vitra produced red and
natural plywood elephants, but unfortunately, the red have now sold out, but
there are still some of the natural left.
If you fancy having something
unique designed by Charles and Ray Eames, it won’t come cheap — US$2007 to be exact. Although it may seem a lot for a child’s toy,
see it more as a limited edition piece of mid-century sculptural design, and
the price may be more palatable! At that price, I don’t think I
would be letting my kids anywhere near it!
Available direct from Eames Office
Gallery and Store, you will have to email them direct in regards to