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A boy plays on a one of the models for a plywood Elephant designed by Charles & Ray Eames in plywood, in 1945. The Vitra Eames elephants are authentic in every regard, and based upon this very model.

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988) were husband and wife American designers who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture. Among their most well-known designs is the Eames Lounge Chair. In the late 1940s, as part of the Arts & Architecture magazine's "Case Study" program, the Eames designed and built the groundbreaking Eames House, Case Study House 8, as their home.

The Eames Elephant exploring the Alps… Vitra design goes outdoors: Photographer: Florian Böhm © Vitra