Two of the most iconic landmarks in Danish design history have teamed up to celebrate the smiling lines and happy stripes they have each contributed to Danish design. The famous Kay Bojesen Monkey was created back in 1951, when Kay Bojesen wanted to make a children’s level hanger to support his kids in reaching their clothes. Instead, he ended up making a world-famous Danish design icon. Now the iconic Monkey itself has put on some clothes, and what matches a Danish design icon better than another Danish design icon? Kay Bojesen Monkey x Nørgaard paa Strøget in this medium size is made of FSC® certified teak and limba, measuring 28 cm in height. You can get the Monkey with the nice painted Nørgaard paa Strøget #101 T-shirt in either this black with white stripes or white with black stripes. Both colour variants have the well-known red neckline, which you only find on #101 T-shirts in the exclusive Nørgaard paa Strøget version in the store on Amagertorv in Copenhagen. Kay Bojesen is synonymous with original Danish sculpting and design. The collaboration with Mads Nørgaard ties together the love for durable and long-lasting products, while adding exactly the playfulness and curiosity that Kay Bojesen himself loved to add to his designs to drive forward the imagination and create original stories made of wood. The iconic Monkey in new clothes is a fun and straightforward celebration of both design icons, where with a twinkle in the eye we collectively pay tribute to the humour and the smiling lines with colours and stripes that runs like a red thread back and forth through Danish design history.
Variations may occur in the stripes, but that is only because each monkey has its own unique personality. This is because the stripes are carefully applied to each Monkey x Nørgaard på Strøget through a handheld process.
You also get a unique Monkey from Kay Bojesen. No two of them are alike. And when the popular figure is allowed to hang out – as it does in many homes – the different nuances in the wood change and give the already unique Kay Bojesen Monkey even more personality. Over time, the affects of light and air will change any colour nuances in the wood to a more uniform, warm golden brown tone.
The monkey is available in small, medium and large versions. Common to them all is that they are original wood creations. Kay Bojesen always gave his wooden figures a special soul. Each one also got its own story, and with their smiling lines, unique shapes and vibrant wood they have survived many generations. According to Kay Bojesen, wood only comes to life when it has a story.
The monkey is also available in a Reworked anniversary edition, which is a special edition of the iconic Monkey made form residual wood. The anniversary monkey is both a celebration and a standpoint. In 2021 in marked the 70th anniversary of Kay Bojesen cutting the first smiling lines into the classic Monkey. And a standpoint because the Anniversary Monkey was born out of a principle of responsibility in craftsmanship and design.
As the new family member is made from residual wood, there may be variations in wood types, such as teak, walnut, oak, ash, maple, limba and mahogany. We cannot guarantee which woods each of the Anniversary Monkeys are produced from. This depends on the availability of residual wood. But we can guarantee that each Anniversary Monkey will be even more unique than the original classic if possible.
The process of processing the Anniversary Monkey is considerably more demanding than the well-known Monkey in teak and limba, which is turned out of one piece of wood and, like its original siblings in the monkey family, is produced in a high quality and with great craftsmanship. Many pieces of wood need to be adapted and put together, and this places high demands on both the craftsmanship and the quality of the wood.
The reworked Monkey is based on the principle of upcycling, and the ambition is to use the resources that would otherwise have been wasted. In this way, the Reworked Monkey gives new life to wood and can be displayed - or hung - as a responsible ambassador for a new and modern interpretation of the original wooden stories of which Kay Bojesen was a true master. The result is a Monkey that, through craftsmanship and design, unites heritage, wood types and shades – a true collector’s item with its own unique expression and story. The special edition has a 70th anniversary stamp on the paw and comes in a limited edition in a special wooden anniversary box.
The famous Kay Bojesen Monkey was actually created when Kay Bojesen wanted to make a hook for his children, but instead he ended up making a world-famous Danish design icon. Since then, the monkey has come in several different sizes and versions, and the many much-loved members of the monkey herd continue to find their way onto countless wish lists and gift tables around the world.
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