November 24, 2009

More Eames Molded Ply Animals


In 2007, the Eames Office and Vitra produced a limited edition molded plywood elephant that was based on a 1940s prototype Ray and Charles exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art. [There were originally two elephants made--see above--but only one is known today, in the Eames family's collection.] The elephant was just one of a whole menagerie of molded plywood animals the designers made for their own kids, er, I mean as research of the properties of molded ply manufacture.

A couple of years ago, flickr user Formwerks had a wide shot of the Eames Office in Venice which showed a stack of vintage b&w photos of the various animals. Turns out I blogged about that too soon, because he later added details each picture:

There's an elaborate cut-out bear,


there's a seal and a, uh, what is that? A meerkat? a squirrel? Most of what we see is actually dramatic shadow.


And the best missing ply animal yet, this beautiful rocking horse. Check out the little cutout pattern on the flank; I guess it's a palomino.

Wait, did someone say palomino? Oh that's right, Plan Toys has been to the Eames Office, too.


Check out Formwerks' entire Eames Plywood Elephant photoset on flickr [formwerks @flickr]


Next to the seal: a frog, I think.

has a tail and yarn hair on its head.

hmmm. I was going to guess squid--but do squids have hair? or heads?

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