Material: teak wood
Kay Bojesen's premise in his work was a conviction that his objects should have life, blood and a heart. This is especially obvious in his beloved wooden animals, which have adorned children's bedrooms with smiles, taking children's dreams to far-flung lands. They stay with you from childhood into adulthood, and we call them classics because we would not want to be without them. And because they were made with love, imagination and intelligence.
The original Teak Monkey is a design icon. Kay Bojesen's Monkey was born in 1951. A little Monkey with the great personality which has come to signify a gift from a very special person. For christenings, birthdays, school leavers and weddings. A classic and a dear friend for life from being a popular toy in the playroom to a much-loved design icon in a future home.
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Kay Bojesen’s Monkey comprises 31 parts and is made of limba wood and sustainable teak.
Every single member of the monkey family is produced in Denmark, and is absolutely unique.
In working with beloved design classics, Kay Bojesen are upholding a design heritage that demands integrity in every aspect of the product. That means we have a strong focus on using sustainable wood to produce our monkeys.
The monkey is made from plantation teak as a sustainable alternative to natural forest teak. This ensures responsible harvesting and better living conditions for the local people living near the plantations all over the world.
Freshly-cut plantation teak varies from wax-coloured to pale greyish green, sometimes speckled with dark spots or stripes.
Our supplier focuses strongly on putting together the different colour variations as uniformly as possible. We always endeavour to match the arms and legs to the monkey’s torso colour, while the head is often darker than the rest of the monkey.
Given that Kay Bojesen have chosen to work with plantation teak, the colour variations are unavoidable, so they are not regarded as a parameter of quality. The colour variations are a result of the choices they have made with regard to the sustainability and integrity in our production of the Kay Bojesen Monkey.
The actual parameters of quality with regard to the wood are a surface free from splinters, marks and splits, and only healthy knots are acceptable. No residual glue must ever be visible.
The limba wood we use for the Monkey is imported from Africa and complies with the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) as a guarantee of lawfully harvested timber in the country of origin.
Over time, exposure to the light and the air may change the subtle shades of the teak to a more consistent, warm golden brown tone.
However, every single Kay Bojesen Monkey will retain its absolutely unique personality.
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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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