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.
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The Maker /
Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) is one of the most important artisans and pioneers of modern Danish design. The best-known examples of his designs are the cute wooden animals that have become classics of Scandinavian design. Bojesen wanted to create wooden characters with heart and personality. His animals are sympathetic and inspiring – perfect as a toy and also as a classic Danish design icon.
The Designer /
Kay Bojesen (1886 – 1958) is one of the most important pioneers of Danish design. Trained as a silversmith at the Georg Jensen workshop, he designed several products in silver, such as cutlery and serving dishes, including his famous Grand Prix cutlery. Kay Bojesen worked with other materials as well and was particularly interested of exploring the possibilities of wood.
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Introducing the Cheerful Wooden Characters of Kay Bojesen
Kay Bojesen is one of the most celebrated names of Danish design, and for very good reason. The silversmith and designer for which the brand is named dedicated his life to crafting small wooden toys of the highest quality for gifting to loved ones on special occasions.