The Charles and Ray Eames elephant is exactly that, a curved elephant built by two of the greatest designers in world history. This charming design object will captivate adults and children alike with its strange angles and striking form. You can see Charles' architectural training in the tough construction, Ray's sculptor's eye in the curves and cut-outs and the playfulness of the both throughout. Our STIN.com version of this fascinating piece will create a stylish and surprising centrepiece for any dining room and lounge or give your children's bedrooms a burst of eccentric elegance.
Designed in 1945, but not entering production until much later, this piece is a truly collaborative and personal project from the Eames. They intended to capture the imagination of children, but the allure of the elephant continues to inspire those children's parents as well. With its distinctive features, the elephant is arguably the animal which lends itself most to modernist representation. In addition to being a fun, immaculately designed piece, the Eames Elephant also reflects the principles, ideals and techniques used by the Eames and the close working relationship they maintained. You might also like the Eames DSR chair or Eames DSW chair for children.
Charles, 1907-1978 (United States) - Ray, 1912-1988 (United States)
Charles Eames was an American designer and innovator who pioneered new techniques, such as the fibreglass and plastic resin moulding and wire mesh frames. He usually worked alongside his wife, Ray, though he is often credited alone. In the 1940s, the designers began focusing on the new plastics and were excited by the properties the material held. They were able to mould the plastics into organic shapes that followed the shape of the body. This discovery led to a whole new look in furniture that perfectly captured the spirit of the times. The couple’s most iconic designs include the DAR chair, the DSR Dining Chair, the RAR Rocker, the DSW Dining Chair, the EA 108 Office Chair and the Wire Base Table. Many of these were first presented at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition in the late 1940s.
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