October 30, 2008

Not Luigi Colani?? Another Non-German Engineering Scandal

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Where's Brooke Shields when German engineering and design need her? First, we were forced to contemplate the reality that the "German engineered" VW Routan minivan is, in fact, a reskinned Chrysler Town & Country.

And now, it turns out that this awesome elephant bank given out in the 1970's by Dresdener Bank was not designed by Luigi Colani at all. Someone completely different!

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The only elephant Colani designed was the striped elephant logo/mascot for Caparol, the paint and pigment company, and that wasn't until 1984. At least that's what Herr Professor Colani told the fastidious editor of Colani.jp, a fan who has since taken on the mission of correcting the world's misconceptions about Colani, one eBay auction at a time.

So now rather than having a Luigi Colani classic to celebrate, we are left with a mystery; an adorable, elephant-shaped, plastic mystery. Anyone know who designed it?

Colani Design: Dresdener Elephant Bank: Yes or No?
Previously: NOT! Suh-weet Elephant Bank by Luigi Colani

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