When Pim was 2 years old, he pulled over a marble sculpture that my mum had made as our wedding gift and it broke in half. Thankfully we were able to restore it, but — better safe than sorry — we now keep our delicate sculptures in storage until our children are bigger. And I’ve been missing something cool on our floor ever since!
But then, I was browsing the super well curated collection of the awesome Austrian e-store Four Monkeys and my eye fell on Hattie the Elephant. And I couldn’t resist. Here we have a sculpture, a piece of art really, that is absolutely fine to display on the floor, within children’s reach, for children to play with, even. Because it is designed as a toy!
How cool is that?
Hattie the Elephant is made from beech wood and really royal in size, and it can be placed in different poses due to the elastic-band muscles, making it a fun and interesting toy that children will keep coming back to to play with. It is absolutely beautifully made and it is such a cool design element! (I also saw it on display in one of the world’s coolest shops, Hay House, when I was in Copenhagen recently.) Also, it is an extremely sturdy and durable sculpture, which makes the (steep) investment worth it, because this sculpture will survive generations of play in our living room. It probably will survive me! ; )
She’s so gorgeous! I’d love one in our house 🙂
Hattie is named after a famous elephant that lived in New York’s Central Park Zoo in the early part of the 20th century. Hattie was described as the “most intelligent of all elephants”.
We have one as well in our home and my son is playing a lot with it together with Hanno the Gorilla, both designed by David Weeks. You can get them from our store in Uk http://www.e-side.co.uk.
Our favourite animal! And I wonder if Hattie the Elephant in NYC that Alessia refers to was named after Kipling’s Colonel Hathi??! (Haathi being the hindi word for elephant).
Yay for Areaware! My favorite of the series is the big bear ：）.
I love that it’s a sculpture that can be played with – fantastic! Could you share Esther the make of your tricycle? It has a really cool retro look to it. Thanks!
Hi Sarah, we found that tricycle in France on a flea market — it looks like it’s from the 60s or 70s. The make is ‘Mercier’. x