If you didn't have a couple thousand extra bucks kicking around when the limited-edition Eames plywood elephant was reissued last year, not to worry. Vitra is about to release the elephant in kid-friendly polypropylene with a much friendlier price tag.
The original Eames Elephant, designed in 1945, holds a special place in design history. Charles and Ray Eames were fascinated by elephants and designed theirs to serve as both a children's toy and a sculptural object. They produced only two prototypes, which were both displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. Only one remains today, in the Eames family's private collection.
$290 at Design Public (Pre-orders are being accepted now for January 2009 delivery.)