You’re probably already familiar with this little plastic elephant stool – having seen it somewhere or other (probably in the background of one of those Channel 4 property shows). But you might not know much about it. Allow me to enlighten you….
Designed by icons Charles and Ray Eames (Ray was a woman, and they were married – they weren’t brother and sister as so many people think!), the toy elephant was first made in plywood, way back in 1945. However it was never actually produced. Fast forward a few years and that saviour of good design Vitra has re-introduced it, now manufactured in child-friendly plastic, perfect for bringing smiles to little ones’ faces.
It’s a bit of a ‘want’ rather than ‘need’ piece, admittedly, but it can be used both indoors and out. Although you’d have to be pretty well off to own a whole tribe of them a la the picture below. I think it looks best as an accent piece (god that sounds a bit moronic, but you know what I mean) in a child’s bedroom. Somewhere stylish to dump clothing at the end of the day.
There’s definitely something about elephants, isn’t there? You find them everywhere on kids’ designs – perhaps it’s the ears, or the long trunk, but they certainly capture children’s imagination more than other animals. Daphne has a Flensted elephant mobile above her bed and it’s been her favourite thing ever since she was born.
If you fancy treating your home and your child to one, the Eames Elephants cost around £160 but are often discounted, so watch out for sales (Nest currently have it for £134.30). They measure H415 x W410 x L785mm and there are five pleasing shades to choose from: White, Ice Frey, Classic Red, Light Pink and Dark Lime.