How the Kay Bojesen Monkey
1951 is the year when the smiling monkey first sees the light of day, and the popular monkey has gained iconic status in Danish design. The monkey is living proof of Kay Bojesen’s conviction that the lines of a product should “smile”. The story goes that Kay Bojesen wanted to design a coat rack for a children's furniture exhibition, and the idea behind the monkey was that the long arms would bring the coat hook down to child’s height, and the short legs would make room for a hat and scarf.
Feshly-cut plantation teak varies from waxy yellow to light grey-green; sometimes also speckled with dark spots and stripes. Our supplier is extremly focused on putting together the different colour variations as evenly as possible. A special attempt is made to match the arms and legs with the monkey’s body colour, while the head will often appear darker than the rest of the monkey. As we have chosen to work with plantation teak, colour variations are unavoidable, and they are therefore not regarded as a parameter for quality. These colour variations are a result of the choices we have made regarding sustainability and integrity in our production of Kay Bojesen Monkey.
A classic and dear friend