The Eames Elephant Inspired DIY Desk Organizer

Monsters Circus

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The Eames Elephant is an icon in the decor world. But while the midcentury pachyderm is usually resigned to nurseries and kids' rooms, it doesn't mean grown-ups can't indulge their inner child. When re-created with black leather in a miniature size, Eames' elephant becomes a mature centerpiece for any workspace.

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Mette of Monsters Circus saw inspiration in the simple shape of the Eames Elephant. Adapting a simple template from Vitra (shown partially above), Mette created a version where the elephant's legs fold to form small pockets perfect for stashing away desk supplies.

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First, Mette glued leather back-to-back with a sturdy felt to get heft and crisp folds. Following the template, she traced two shapes for the elephant's head and body, adding "wings" to each of the legs where the pockets will form. The extra fabric wraps around like a waffle cone and uses punched holes and rivets to keep it all together.

The result is an inexpensive desk or tabletop organizer with vintage style. Since the basic idea is so simple with just two basic pieces, it can be sized up or down for use in any room—like maybe a kids' room or nursery, to bring it all full circle.

More info and images: Monsters Circus

(Images: Monsters Circus; Vitra)