This little baby elephant first came to life in 1961 through a collaboration between designer Gunnar Flørning and artist Harry Vedoe. The influence of Vedoe, known for his illustrations in numerous childrens's books, is evident in the innocent charm of the elephant, while Florning's architectural style is reflected through the clean edges and simple form. The merger of these two worlds brings us this classic piece of original Danish design.
Gunnar Flørning (1932-2014) was one of Denmark’s most successful designers within wooden handicrafts. The history of Gunnar Flørnings popular designs date back to 1952 when he was enrolled in mandatory military service. In order to pass the time, he and his comrade began carving objects out of old wooden fens posts. This ignited an interest within Flørning to make wooden handicrafts full-time and became the beginning of a decade as an internationally recognized wood designer with more than one million pieces sold worldwide. Though managing his own factory for many years, he was forced to shut down his hands-on operation in 1965 due to the development of a dust allergy.