Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 15.5 cm high
Material: Painted beech
The Birds series is a collection of songbirds with unique names in a wide range of playful colours. All birds in the Birds series are designed based on Kay Bojesen’s original drawings from the 1950s and produced in FSC®-certified wood, which guarantees that the trees have been planted, cultivated and felled responsibly. Kay Bojesen designed with soul, humour and a twinkle in his eye and looked at the world from a child's perspective when creating new stories in wood. There had to be room for the imagination to unfold around the figures, and the simple design language, clear colours and friendly expressions have become his signature.
RUTH is named after Kay Bojesen's Swedish daughter-in-law. With her femininity and pink body, she took the family by storm. The Songbird – like her five colourful siblings – was never put into production when first designed by Kay Bojesen in the 1950s. A gift idea for a flying start to life. Perfect for christenings, birthdays, school leavers, anniversaries and weddings.
The Bojesen family’s terrace in Bellavista was full of flowers, cane furniture... and birds, and at some point a picture of the wooden songbird was found in one of the family’s photo albums, which might well have been inspired by his flying friends on the terrace. It turned out later that there were originally five birds, and since then the family of songbirds has grown big and colourful.
All Kay Bojesen’s sweet songbirds spread joy and capture the hearts of both young and old with their charming personality. The Nightingale was created in collaboration with the new H.C. Andersen House, which opened in the summer of 2021, and is inspired by the world-famous author’s fairy tale about the little bird with the big voice. And the colours of the Nightingale are inspired by the beautiful Chinese Nightingale.
The series also includes the Kay songbird, named after Mr Bojesen himself who was a big fan of the colour blue. He was always wearing either an impeccable blue suit, shirt and tie or white work coat.
Kay Bojesen’s songbirds are a good example of how he, with a simple design, managed to gives his figures life and soul, so that to this day they spark our imagination and speak to the child in all of us, across age and generations.
This product is FSC® certified. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an international non-profit labelling scheme for wood and paper, and your guarantee that you can buy the product with a clear conscience. In an FSC forest, no more trees are cut down than the forest can reproduce. At the same time, FSC is a guarantee that animals and plant life are protected and that the people who work in the forest are provided with training, safety equipment and decent wages. FSC® C140259
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When the Kay Bojesen brand was founded back in 1932, it marked the start of a story about a craftsman with a great sense of humour and plenty of curiosity. Kay Bojesen created his animals and figures based on the philosophy that good design should be accessible to everyone, and over time Kay Bojesen has become synonymous with original Danish design.
Kay Bojesen is the epitome of original Danish design; his soft, round shapes and smiling lines create original stories in wood. Kay Bojesen’s designs have always been based on the world of children. A world full of curiosity and imagination, which has inspired many of the iconic characters we know today.
Some of the designs Kay Bojesen is best known for include the imaginative monkeys, the soldiers from the Royal Danish Guard and other wooden animals – a happy family filled, the highest quality and sustainable materials. Kay Bojesen's collection is a real tribute to the inner child – and appeals to children, adults and fans alike looking for beautiful design objects that can stay with them throughout their lives.
Kay Bojesen is the story of one of the strongest and most loved brands in Danish design history, with classics in a class of their own. A creative, playful filled with love and the highest quality in sustainable materials. With smiling lines and unique shapes, Kay Bojesen turned wood into original stories that appealed to all generations.
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Kay Bojesen (1886 - 1958) was an apprentice of Georg Jensen, training as a silversmith in 1910. After a few years in Germany and France, he began working as a silversmith in Copenhagen. In the 1930s he realised there was something particularly lively about wood, and his wooden figures have made him one of the great pioneers of Danish art manufacture. Happily, Kay Bojesen was far too curious to restrict himself to the work of refining metals, and he began experimenting with other materials. In the course of his exploration, he discovered wood as a material with very special possibilities for industrial treatment and styling. This discovery led to the classic guardsmen and a whole zoological garden taking shape between his hands. Kay Bojesen's premise in his work was a conviction that his objects should have life, blood and a heart. People should want to pick them up, and they should radiate humanity, warmth and vibrancy. The monkey was produced in accordance with Bojesen's motto that lines should smile. In the early 1950s, it was so popular that it was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 1990, Rosendahl bought the rights to the production, marketing and sale of Kay Bojesen's guardsmen and wooden animal family. Kay Bojesen's productions are characterised by an inherent sense of simplicity, naturalness and clean lines.
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