This playful pachyderm, exhibited in prototype form at MoMA in 1946, is now in serial production from Vitra for the first time ever. Charles and Ray Eames’ work is represented in MoMA’s collection. Made in Germany of plywood and American cherrywood veneer.
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.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
The Museum of Modern Art established the world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. MoMA Design Store carries a selection of design objects from that collection. We only offer authorized versions in the colors and materials selected by the original designers. MoMA's design collection is ever-changing, a reflection of the evolving field of design itself.