What is this?
A white molded polyester chair loosely resembling an elephant on a black metal base.
Why is this important?
In the 1960s, some artists experimented with furniture design, blurring lines between the professions and questioning the functionalist aesthetics of existing forms. French painter Bernard Rancillac’s sculptural Elephant chair, whose seat is a single sheet of plastic, resembles the animal’s head (backrest), ears (armrests), and trunk (leg rest). The form may reflect Rancillac’s interest in cartoons that he expressed in paintings. This example was from the original limited edition production.