MoMA Exclusive: This playful pachyderm, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945 and exhibited in prototype form at MoMA in 1946, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Eames® Plywood Elephant makes a striking statement in your living room or as an object of whimsy in a child’s bedroom. Produced by Vitra in a limited numbered edition of 999, the Eames® Plywood Elephant 75th Anniversary Edition is made Germany from plywood and stained-gray ashwood veneer. It measures 16.5h x 31w x 16.25"d
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 method of three-dimensional molding of plywood, a process evolved 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.
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