The Most Design-Savvy Elephant Ever

The Most Design-Savvy Elephant Ever

Tess Wilson
Jul 19, 2012

I love children's books, and even though I don't have a child of my own, I'm always on the lookout for excellent ones to give to young friends. Milk magazine recently recommended La Mémoire De L'Éléphant, noting, "The furniture (by Eames, Aalto, Mouille, Noguchi and Le Corbusier) deserves a special mention." All that great design and a globe-trotting elephant? I'm hooked!

La Mémoire De L'Éléphant was written by Sophie Strady and illustrated by Jean-François Martin. Martin has an amazing body of work that just might be the subject of a future post, and his illustrations of Marcel the elderly elephant are simply wonderful, though I've only been able to find a few. The bedroom scene is a shot taken by Chez Gaëlle la libraire, you can see a few more pages on Le cabas de Za, and Les livres hélium shared the cover shot above as well as a review (in French). I am dying to see all of it! I love a good encyclopédie bric-á-brac, and it appears that there are even recipes! Has anyone, especially our French readers, seen this book in person? Is it as design-rich and fascinating as I imagine it to be? It's not available on Amazon but Abe Books seems to have a few copies. I'm on the hunt, because I have a feeling that this book and I go together like elephants and Eames chairs.

(Images: as credited above.)

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