The Kay Bojesen Monkey - Between Fantasy Figure and Design Object
The wooden monkey by Kay Bojesen with its sweet face and the bright belly transforms children's rooms in rainforests since 1951, encouraging fantastic dreams. The exceptional high quality wood processing of the small monkey from Kay Bojesen Denmark delights already several generations.
The wooden monkey is part of a collection of wooden animals that have been designed by Kay Bojesen between 1935 and 1957. Today, the Danish company Rosendahl Design Group manufactures the wooden animals in close cooperation with Kay Bojesen's family.
The Kay Bojesen wooden monkey already served as mascot in TV shows like nature documentaries and also received a permanent role in quiz-shows as a prize. In 2008, the small cheeky ape was chosen to be the embodiment of Danish design, by the "bible of design" Wallpaper.
Together with the other wooden animals by Kay Bojesen the monkey took its place on the unique treshold between fantasy figure and design object. It is full of soul, humor, and handicraft and with a piece of cleverness – and therefore calling for the inner child in everyone of us.
A Wooden Monkey with Character
But the wooden animals by Kay Bojesen are not only popular in children’s room, but also in shelves and offices as collector’s items that are passed on from generation to generation. That's why the animals are perfect as a gift, to be a companion for life and games. For baptisms, birthdays, confirmations, finishing school or university, marriages, anniversaries, etc.
Bojesen himself honored the mantra during his whole life: good design has to be human, warm and vivid: "They should remind us of a circus", is what he used to say about his works, from which his animals are considered the most beloved ones.
Kay Bojesen counts to the greatest Danish functionalists with his user-friendly and modern design language. His naïve designs combine form and object, seriousness and game to a unit. At the same time Bojesen possessed the unique power of making wood come to life, making his work into international design icons.Also in our blog:
Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Kay Bojesen Monkey
Autumn fairs 2014
Memorial: Kay Bojesen passed by the 28th of August of 1958