October 11, 2017
Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames For Vitra
In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames spent several years developing and refining a technique for the three-dimensional molding of plywood, creating a series of furniture items and sculptures in the process. Among these initial designs, the two part elephant proved to be the most technically challenging due to its tight compound curves, and the piece never went into serial production. A prototype was given to Charles's 14-year-old daughter Lucia Eames and later borrowed for the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946. It still survives in the Eames family archives today.