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.
Give a gift that will last a lifetime.
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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