Hippo – Kay Bojesen

Hippo – Kay Bojesen


Maker: Kay Bojesen | Denmark
Designer: Kay Bojesen | Denmark
Year: Designed 1955 | Current Production

The Hippo was born in 1955 as a fun desktop item for managing pencils. Kay Bojesen's imaginative family of wooden toys has a very special appeal for both children and adults. For christenings, birthdays, school leavers, anniversaries and weddings.

A classic and a dear friend for life – from being a popular toy in the playroom to a much-loved design icon in a future home.

- 20th Century Design Classic
- Designed in Denmark

- W 21cm, H 8.5cm

- Made from oiled oak

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Made by Kay Bojensen

Kay Bojesen retained his childish curiosity and playful enthusiasm throughout his life. Bojesen died at the age of 72 and left an important design heritage behind. A heritage that is now guarded closely by his grandchildren.

Kay Bojesen's legendary shop in Bredgade closed in 1990. Since then Rosendahl Design Group has been selected by the family to continue offering several of Bojesen's classic designs.

Each piece is based on the original drawings and has a great respect for Kay Bojesen's strict standards for materials and craftsmanship.

An item must have a soul, it must function properly, be nice to hold and a pleasure to look at
— Kay Bojesen
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Designed by Kay Bojensen

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.

Best-known examples of Bojesen’s wooden designs are the wooden animals that have become classics of Scandinavian design. Bojesen’s wooden animals are still loved by children and adults as they were during the 1950s when they first appeared.

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