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Kay Bojesen's monkey

Kay Bojesen's monkey



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It is found in children's rooms - and adults ... - around the world: since 1951 the wooden monkey imagined by the Danish designer Kay Bojesen has never ceased to amuse young and old with his mischievous smile and his round and clean lines. Back on the history of this figurine become emblematic of Danish design… Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) is undoubtedly one of the most prolific Danish designers of the 20th century. We owe him no less than 2,000 creations. Among them is the wooden monkey he designed in 1951. The first of a large family of wooden animals - made of bears, elephants, hippos, etc. -, the Bojesen monkey has been sold around the world to 300,000 copies. In 1910, Kay Bojesen, his goldsmith diploma in his pocket, launched himself body and soul into functionalism. When his son was born, he remembered his childhood and the wooden figures his father cut out for him. So, in the 1930s, Kay Bojesen created a range of wooden toys. It is not realism that matters to him. On the contrary, Kay Bojesen tends to find lines that work the imagination. The round and friendly lines of the monkey that we all know is no exception to the rule.

Originally designed as a small coat rack for children's rooms - we thus understand the hook-shaped hands and legs - the Bojesen monkey is assembled without any screws.
Bojesen's monkey is now re-edited - quite faithfully - by the Rosendahl Design Group.