The Kay Bojesen Monkey - Between Fantasy Figure and Design Object
The Wooden Monkey by Kay Bojesen with its mischievous face and light belly has been transforming children's rooms into rainforests since 1951 and stimulates the imagination. The superb craftsmanship and high-quality wood of the small monkey create generations’ worth of fun.
The Wooden Monkey is part of a collection of wooden animals which the designer Kay Bojesen developed between 1935 and 1957. Today the Danish company Rosendahl Design Group manufactures the wooden animals in close cooperation with Kay Bojesen’s family.
On television, the Kay Bojesen Wooden Monkey has served as a mascot for nature programmes and also has a fixed place as a prize on quiz shows. The design bible Wallpaper even made the small, cheeky monkey fashionable in Danish design in 2008. Together with the other wooden animals by Kay Bojesen, the Wooden Monkey occupies a unique grey area between fantasy figurine and designer object. Full of soul, humour, handicraft and a mischievous look in the eye – and thus an appeal to the playful kid in all of us.
A Wooden Monkey with Character
Not only in the children’s room, but also in shelves and offices, the wooden creatures by Kay Bojesen are now desirable collection objects that are handed from generation to generation. This is why the animals are meant as a gift idea for anywhere you can live or play: baptisms, birthdays, confirmations, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries.
Throughout his entire life, Bojesen paid homage to his mantra that great design should be human, warm and vivid: ‘They should be reminiscent of a circus’, he used to say about his works, of which his wooden creatures are amongst the most popular.
With his user-friendly and modern design, Kay Bojesen is considered one of the greatest Danish functionalists. In his naive designs, form and object, seriousness and playfulness melt together. At the same time, Bojesen possessed the unique power of giving life to wood, which turned his work into international design icons.