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 primeval forests and inspiring dreams since 1951. The excellent workmanship and the high-quality wood of the little monkey provide play fun for generations.
The wooden monkey is part of a collection of wooden animals designed by designer Kay Bojesen between 1935 and 1957.
On television, the Kay Bojesen monkey has served as a mascot on nature programs or has been a staple on quiz shows as a prize. From the design bible Wallpaper, the cheeky little monkey even became the epitome of Danish Design in 2008. Together with the other wooden animals by Kay Bojesen, the wooden monkey places itself in the unique border area between fantasy figure and design object. Full of soul, humor, craftsmanship and with a mischievous eye - and thus an appeal to the playing child in all of us.
A wooden monkey with character
But not only in children's rooms, but also on shelves and in offices, Kay Bojesen's wooden animals are now coveted collectors' items that are passed on from one generation to the next. Therefore, the animals are made as a gift idea - everywhere where people live and play: Baptism, birthday, confirmation, graduation, wedding, anniversary.
Bojesen himself throughout his life has paid homage to the mantra that good design should be human, warm and alive: "They should remind you of a circus" , he usually described his works, of which the charming wooden figures are among the most popular.
Kay Bojesen, with his user-friendly and modern formal language, is one of the very great Danish functionalists. In his naive designs, form and object, seriousness and play merge into one. At the same time, Bojesen had the unique ability to bring wood to life, which has made his works international design icons.
Anniversary edition in mosaic design
In the spring of 2021, Kaj Bojesen will celebrate the 70th birthday of the unmistakable monkey. The special edition is made of upcycled wood combined into a beautiful mosaic, making the timeless Bojesen classic so sustainable. At the foot, the wooden monkeys have a special anniversary embossing.