Why We Chose This
In 1946, MoMA staged New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames, a groundbreaking exhibition that included a prototype of this playful elephant design, which was initially made for Charles’ 14-year-old daughter, Lucia. The piece was another way of presenting the new method of three-dimensional molding of plywood, a process pioneered by Ray and Charles Eames, whose work is represented in MoMA’s collection. Creating the two-part elephant was technically challenging because of the design’s tight compound curves, and the piece never went into serial production, until now.
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