The cheeky monkey (1951) in playful positions quickly became an icon of Danish design, amongst a band of other cheerful characters which are all miniature masterpieces in their own right. It is this tradition of gifting something for life that first attracted us to Kay Bojesen, as a brand that embodies the Good Form ethos of enduring design that will be passed down from generation to generation.
Of course, the thoughtful process of Kay Bojesen crafting these toys from the spare pieces of wood left over from larger projects makes this brand even more special as a resourceful and sustainable approach to gifting.
An item must have a soul, it must function properly, be nice to hold and a pleasure to look at
Kay Bojesen’s beloved monkey was born in 1951 and has since become an icon of Scandinavian design. With its mischievous look and light-coloured belly, the monkey has transformed kids’ rooms into jungles and sparked dreams of far-away places. It’s a gift that will last a lifetime.
Monkey has a permanent role on Danish television as the mascot of wildlife programs and as a prize in quiz shows. Every monkey consists of 31 wooden parts and is crafted by hand in Denmark.
The story goes that Kay Bojesen was asked if he wanted to design a hat rack for an exhibition of children's furniture. The idea behind the monkey was that its long arms would bring the pegs down to child height and its short legs would provide the pegs for hanging hats and scarves.
As a dedicated collector of modern design, Dan Eagle of Good Form admits "I have a tendency to go straight for the most rare and desirable pieces. When a very rare, early edition large monkey became available I decided that I must have it. It was very expensive and more than a little indulgent but it's a special piece we will have and pass on to our children in the future".
The chance to represent the Kay Bojesen brand in New Zealand is an exciting development for Good Form, enabling others to have access to Bojesen's great legacy of design and pass their favourite wooden creature on to someone they love.