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ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Kay Bojesen

Kay Bojesen

Kay Bojesen is synonymous with original Danish design. He remains one of the biggest Danish designers from the 1900s, and represents the story of one of the strongest and most loved brands in Danish design history, with classics in a class of their own. For decade after decade, he crafted original stories out of wood, resulting in a creative, playful world filled with love, smiling lines and unique shapes.
He specialised in the smaller but highly decorative objects for the home, and his iconic wooden monkey has become a particularly strong graphic design object that is known and loved by all ages. Today, the monkey can be found in almost all Danish homes and is not only a part of Danish design culture, but also a part of the everyday life of Danes.

Kay Bojesen trained as a silversmith in 1910 after having been apprentice at Georg Jensen. Kay Bojesen was one of the first Danish artisans to be impressed by functionalism. He was one of the initiators of 'Den Permanente' (The Permanent), a business and showcase that presented the best in Danish and Scandinavian design for many decades. And the clean lines that we know from Danish furniture design and architecture from that same era are clearly visible in Kay Bojesen’s work.

1919 marked the start of a new era for Kay Bojesen. He got married and had his son Otto. And it helped to spark Kay Bojesen’s fascination with the world of children, toys and wood and reminded him of his own childhood when his father would cut wooden figures for him and encouraged his children to be inventive, use their imagination and have fun.

The encouraging words from Kay Bojesen’s father bore fruit. And in the 1930s, Kay Bojesen began to seriously cultivate his interest in working in wood. He created a series of wooden animals that lived up to his philosophy that design should be round, soft and feel good in your hand. Kay Bojesen did not want to create faithful copies of real life animals or to be too sophisticated or detailed in his designs. No, he wanted to create imaginative variations in a design that was based on a childlike world, where the 'lines had to smile'.

The wooden toys had to be simple, sturdy and inspire play. And the popular and world-famous designer was unrivalled as a creator of wooden figures with soul, humour and a twinkle in their eye. In his lifetime, Kay Bojesen was considered to represent the fun side of Danish arts and crafts.

Today, Kay Bojesen is one of Denmark’s biggest design names and his crafts are some of the most sought-after in Danish design. Kay Bojesen kept his childish curiosity and joie de vivre until the very end. And with more than 2,000 pieces of handicrafts, he is one of the most productive Danish artisans ever. In addition to the iconic wooden figures and animals, his production also includes the elegant and luxurious Menageri series with functional items for the kitchen and the rest of the home.

Kay Bojesen was able to turn wood into original stories like no other. With his deep passion for craftsmanship and eye for detail, over the years he created an imaginative world of figures and objects, each one with its own unique story. As such, he became one of Denmark’s greatest craftsmen, and his designs are some of the most sought-after and will continue to retain a firm place in Danish design history.
A happy Kay Bojsen with his monkey

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    FSC®-Certification
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    +7 colors
    €5.95+7 colors
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    FSC®-Certification
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    Santa Claus and Santa Clara
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    €119.95
    Reworked Monkey mini
    Reworked
    Reworked Monkey mini
    Monkey mini
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    Reworked Anniversary Monkey small
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    Monkey
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    +2 colors
    €99.95+2 colors
    Monkey mini
    FSC®-Certification
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    Reworked Anniversary Monkey small
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    Reworked Anniversary Monkey small
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    +3 colors
    €169.95+3 colors
    Monkey mini
    FSC®-Certification
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    Monkey mini
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    +2 colors
    €84.95+2 colors
    Elefant small eye (39252)
    Elefant small eye (39252)
    Standard-bearer rifle (39025)
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (right) (39203)
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    Skier skis 1 pc. (39410, 39411)
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    Monkey small leg (39250)
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    Elefant small eye (39252)
    +8 colors
    €3.95+8 colors
    Monkey small
    FSC®-Certification
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    +3 colors
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    €89.95+1 colors
    Repair Kit for Kay Bojesen Monkey (39250) Spare part
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    Base for large Standard-bearer (39002) Spare part
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    +2 colors
    €4.95+2 colors
    Hippo
    FSC®-Certification
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    +1 colors
    €114.95+1 colors
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    €104.95
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    +3 colors
    €139.95+3 colors
    Limousine small
    FSC®-Certification
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    €69.95
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    €129.95
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    €69.95
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    €469.95
    Monkey large
    FSC®-Certification
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    €1,599.95
    Poppy Year Bird
    FSC®-Certification
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    €69.95
    Christmas Lise
    FSC®-Certification
    Christmas Lise
    Christmas Lise
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    Figurines
    Christmas Lise
    +1 colors
    €89.95+1 colors
    Nightingale Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Nightingale Songbird
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    Sunshine Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn SongbirdGeorg SongbirdAlfred Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Nightingale Songbird
    +7 colors
    €84.95+7 colors
    Eye chart poster 50x70 cm
    Eye chart poster 50x70 cm
    Eye chart poster 50x70 cm
    Monkey poster 50x70 cm
    Guardsman poster 50x70 cm
    Monkey poster 30x40 cm
    Guardsman poster 30x40 cm
    Eye chart poster 30x40 cm
    Eye chart poster 30x40 cmMonkey poster 50x70 cm
    Gallery
    Eye chart poster 50x70 cm
    +2 colors
    €49.95+2 colors
    Seagull small
    Seagull small
    Seagull small
    Seagull medium
    Seagull large
    Birds
    Seagull small
    €69.95
    Sandman
    FSC®-Certification
    Sandman
    Cook girl
    Christmas Lise
    New!
    Figurines
    Sandman
    €119.95
    Opener H4
    Opener H4
    New!
    Menageri
    Opener H4
    €49.95
    Oil and vinegar bottles H15
    FSC®-Certification
    Oil and vinegar bottles H15
    Menageri
    Oil and vinegar bottles H15
    €68.95
    Drummer small
    FSC®-Certification
    Drummer small
    Figurines
    Drummer small
    €104.95
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (right) (39203)
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (right) (39203)
    Standard-bearer rifle (39025)
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (left) (39203)
    Seagull small spring suspension (39300)
    Seagull medium spring suspension (39301)
    Seagull large spring suspension (39302)
    Standard-bearer leg, left (39204, 39025, 39482, 39022)
    Skier skis 1 pc. (39410, 39411)
    Santa's sack and stick (39430)
    Santa Clara/Cook girl spoon (39480, 39436)
    Bear small arm (39251)
    Bear small leg w/o logo (39251)
    Bear small leg w logo (39251)
    Bear little snout (39251)
    Monkey mini paw with logo (39249)
    Standard-bearer drum (39024)
    Standard-bearer drumsticks, 2 pc. (39024, 39013)
    Monkey small leg (39250)
    Monkey small paw w/o logo (39250)
    Monkey small paw w logo (39250)
    Dachshund leg w logo (39201)
    Rabbit front leg (39203)
    Dachshund leg w/o logo (39201)
    Rabbit ear (39203)
    Elephant small front leg (39252)
    Elephant small hind leg w/o logo (39252)
    Hippopotamus oak pencil (39202)
    Postman bag with letter (39214)
    Hippopotamus oak tooth (39202)
    Hippopotamus oak tale (39202)
    Monkey little eye (39250, 39257, 39256)
    Bear small ear (39251)
    Elefant small eye (39252)
    Elefant small tusk (39252)
    Monkey medium paw w/o logo (39253)
    Monkey medium arm (39253)
    Monkey medium leg (39253)
    Monkey medium eye (39253)
    Monkey large paw w/o logo (39260)
    Monkey large paw w logo (39260)
    Hippopotamus oak tooth (39202)Dachshund leg w logo (39201)Monkey mini paw with logo (39249)+ 5
    Kay Bojesen
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (right) (39203)
    +8 colors
    €7.95+8 colors
    Monkey little eye (39250, 39257, 39256)
    Monkey little eye (39250, 39257, 39256)
    Standard-bearer rifle (39025)
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (right) (39203)
    Rabbit hind legs without paw (left) (39203)
    Seagull small spring suspension (39300)
    Seagull medium spring suspension (39301)
    Seagull large spring suspension (39302)
    Standard-bearer leg, left (39204, 39025, 39482, 39022)
    Skier skis 1 pc. (39410, 39411)
    Santa's sack and stick (39430)
    Santa Clara/Cook girl spoon (39480, 39436)
    Bear small arm (39251)
    Bear small leg w/o logo (39251)
    Bear small leg w logo (39251)
    Bear little snout (39251)
    Monkey mini paw with logo (39249)
    Standard-bearer drum (39024)
    Standard-bearer drumsticks, 2 pc. (39024, 39013)
    Monkey small leg (39250)
    Monkey small paw w/o logo (39250)
    Monkey small paw w logo (39250)
    Dachshund leg w logo (39201)
    Rabbit front leg (39203)
    Dachshund leg w/o logo (39201)
    Rabbit ear (39203)
    Elephant small front leg (39252)
    Elephant small hind leg w/o logo (39252)
    Hippopotamus oak pencil (39202)
    Postman bag with letter (39214)
    Hippopotamus oak tooth (39202)
    Hippopotamus oak tale (39202)
    Bear small ear (39251)
    Elefant small eye (39252)
    Elefant small tusk (39252)
    Monkey medium paw w/o logo (39253)
    Monkey medium arm (39253)
    Monkey medium leg (39253)
    Monkey medium eye (39253)
    Monkey large paw w/o logo (39260)
    Monkey large paw w logo (39260)
    Hippopotamus oak tooth (39202)Dachshund leg w logo (39201)Monkey mini paw with logo (39249)+ 5
    Kay Bojesen
    Monkey little eye (39250, 39257, 39256)
    +8 colors
    €3.95+8 colors
    Sunshine Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Sunshine Songbird
    Ruth Songbird
    Kay Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Nightingale Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn SongbirdNightingale SongbirdGeorg Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Sunshine Songbird
    +7 colors
    €84.95+7 colors
    Georg Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Georg Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Ruth Songbird
    Kay Songbird
    Sunshine Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Nightingale Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn SongbirdNightingale SongbirdAlfred Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Georg Songbird
    +7 colors
    €104.95+7 colors
    Reworked anniversary Bear large
    Reworked anniversary Bear large
    Bear small
    Bear medium
    Reworked Anniversary Bear small
    Reworked Anniversary Bear medium
    New!
    Other animals
    Reworked anniversary Bear large
    €2,114.95
    Lovebirds 1 Pair
    FSC®-Certification
    Lovebirds 1 Pair
    Lovebirds 1 Pair
    Lovebirds 1 Pair
    Birds
    Lovebirds 1 Pair
    +1 colors
    €109.95+1 colors
    Standard-bearer mini
    FSC®-Certification
    Standard-bearer mini
    Standard-bearer mini
    Standard-bearer large
    Anniversary Standard-bearer small
    Standard-bearer medium
    Standard-bearer small
    Figurines
    Standard-bearer mini
    €74.95
    Dog
    FSC®-Certification
    Dog
    Other animals
    Dog
    €119.95
    Ruth Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Ruth Songbird
    Kay Songbird
    Sunshine Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Nightingale Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn SongbirdNightingale SongbirdGeorg Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Ruth Songbird
    +7 colors
    €84.95+7 colors
    Seagull medium
    FSC®-Certification
    Seagull medium
    Seagull medium
    Seagull small
    Seagull large
    Birds
    Seagull medium
    €104.95
    Ravn Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn Songbird
    Ruth Songbird
    Kay Songbird
    Sunshine Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Nightingale Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Nightingale SongbirdGeorg SongbirdAlfred Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Ravn Songbird
    +7 colors
    €84.95+7 colors
    Salt cellar with spoon Ø7 cm
    FSC®-Certification
    Salt cellar with spoon Ø7 cm
    Menageri
    Salt cellar with spoon Ø7 cm
    €34.95
    Tim
    FSC®-Certification
    Tim
    Tim
    Tim
    Tim
    Other animals
    Tim
    +1 colors
    €44.95+1 colors
    Reworked Anniversary Bear small
    Reworked Anniversary Bear small
    Bear small
    Bear medium
    Reworked Anniversary Bear medium
    Reworked anniversary Bear large
    Bear small
    Other animals
    Reworked Anniversary Bear small
    +1 colors
    €154.95+1 colors
    Hippo
    FSC®-Certification
    Hippo
    Hippo
    Hippo
    Hippo
    Other animals
    Hippo
    +1 colors
    €119.95+1 colors
    Rocking Horse
    FSC®-Certification
    Rocking Horse
    Rocking Horse
    Babies
    Rocking Horse
    €599.95
    Marine
    FSC®-Certification
    Marine
    Figurines
    Marine
    €119.95
    Kay Songbird
    FSC®-Certification
    Kay Songbird
    Kay Songbird
    Ruth Songbird
    Sunshine Songbird
    Ernst Songbird
    Alfred Songbird
    Georg Songbird
    Nightingale Songbird
    Ravn Songbird large
    Ravn Songbird
    Ravn SongbirdNightingale SongbirdGeorg Songbird+ 4
    Birds
    Kay Songbird
    +7 colors
    €84.95+7 colors
    Throw 130x170 cm
    Throw 130x170 cm
    Throw 130x170 cm
    Textiles
    Throw 130x170 cm
    €299.95