Kay Bojesen wooden animals
At the recent opening of the Fritz Hansen store in London I discovered the joy of Kay Bojesen wooden animals. On display in the store was a huge monkey that I immediately fell in love with and wanted to take home. The only thing that stopped me was a very large price tag!
Thankfully there is a range of other animals in a more modest size for a more affordable price. Designed by Kay Bojesen and manufactured by Rosendahl the originals were designed in 1951. The series originally contained a Monkey, Elephant and Bear.
Kay Bojesen was an apprentice of Georg Jensen and trained as a silversmith in 1910. Later in the 1930′s he discovered working in wood and went on to create his animals. The monkey was so popular in the 1950′s that it was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The range of animals has recently been joined by three newcomers: the Dachshund, the Hippo and the Rabbit. These new animals have been developed with the Bojesen family and embrace the spirit of Kay Bojesen’s original drawings.
The animals would make a great present for children or adults. I’ve spotted the ideal place for a monkey in our office – maybe if I’m lucky there will be one under the tree this Christmas.