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- Songbird Ernst
The Songbirds were designed by Kay Bojesen in the 1950s but were never put into production at the time. Now these wonderful personalities can find friends among design lovers all over the world. The Songbirds are made of solid beech and hand-painted, and they are named after the designer and his family members.
The Bojesen’s patio at the family home Bella Vista near Bellevue, north of Copenhagen, was full of flowers, wicker furniture – and birds. There can be no doubt that this is the source of Kay Bojesen’s inspiration for the carefree songbird that he designed in the 1950s. All birds have a clean, modern expression, stripped of superfluous details. The birds are so lifelike that it is easy to imagine them breaking out in song as the sun rises.
This Songbird called Ernst represents Kay’s father, who also as a creative person inspired Kay to create his joyful wooden figures.
- Kay Bojesen
- Kay Bojesen
- Painted beech
- 16 cm
Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) is one of the most important pioneers of Danish design. Trained as a silversmith at the Georg Jensen workshop, he designed several products in silver, such as cutlery and serving dishes, including his famous Grand Prix cutlery. Kay Bojesen worked with other materials as well and was particularly interested of exploring the possibilities of wood.
Best-known examples of Bojesen’s wooden designs are the wooden animals that have become classics of Scandinavian design. Bojesen’s wooden animals are still loved by children and adults as they were during the 1950s when they first appeared. The monkey, the bear and the elephant are more than just wooden sculptures – Bojesen wanted to create wooden characters with a heart and personality. The animals are sympathetic and inspiring – perfect as a toy and also as a piece of decoration. Bojesen’s wooden animals were an immediate success and for this reason, the wooden monkey was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London during the 1950s. Bojesen was awarded many important prizes, such as the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, and he was also appointed silversmith to the King of Denmark.
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