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"Vitra Eames Elephant Chair"
The friendly Eames Elephant is a delight to both children and parents. In the children's room, it is an eye catcher, but also a toy. Even outdoors, the weatherproof elephant makes a good figure while playing and marveling. The robust material is weather-resistant and carries up to 70kg of weight. The children's chair is 41.5 cm high, 41 cm wide and 78.5 cm long. It is available in white, light pink, ice gray, classic red, dark lime and black and has a matt surface.
An amazing animal
The elephant is the largest still living land animal and the fascination for the big pachyderms is unbroken. Even at birth, a calf weighs up to 100 kg of body weight and adult specimens weigh up to 5 tons. In addition to legends, myths and fairy tales, the elephants have also taken their place in history. 218 b.c. Hannibal crossed with the alps with them. The elephant is considered to be good-natured, majestic, and is also known for his outstanding memory.
Origin of the Elephant Chairs
In 1945, the Eames designers took on the implementation of these dignified giants, and created a toy elephant from plywood. However, this design never found its way into serial production. Today he is produced at Vitra. A new material, polypropylene, is used. The same material, which is also used for the legendary Plastic Chairs. Thus, the elephant is now available for the originally intended target group: the children.
They have designed furniture, designed exhibitions, photographed and made movies. The Eames couple is unquestionably one of the most influential figures that the 20th century has created in design. The 1907 born Charles and the 1912 born Ray learned at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Charles Eames collaborated with Eero Saarinen on designs of formable plywood. For their work they received the first prize in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings". The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which, six years later, also designed an exhibition with designs of deformed plywood from Charles and Ray. One year after the competition, Charles married Ray, who was born as Bernice Alexandra Kaiser. Together they designed furniture from molded wood and began to manufacture these designs at Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan in 1946. In 1949 they built the famous "Eames House". In 1964, Charles and Ray were responsible for the design of the IBM Pavilion at the 64/65 World Exposition, when Charles was awarded the honory doctorate of literature from the Pratt Institute in New York.
Vitra is the only legitimate manufacturer of the Charles & Ray Eames products for Europe and the Middle East. The original Vitra Eames Elephant is available here.