The Wooden Monkey, designed by Kay Bojesen, is a beloved classic of Scandinavian design that has transformed kids’ rooms into jungles and sparked dreams of far-away places since 1951. It has a permanent role on Danish television as the mascot of wildlife programs and as a prize in quiz shows. Each monkey is crafted by hand in Denmark, giving them all a unique and charming personality.

In 2021, the Wooden Monkey’s 70th birthday was marked with a special edition made of sustainable upcycled wood. The Anniversary Monkey is adorned with a one-of-a-kind mosaic pattern made up of different types of wood – each monkey’s colours vary according to the kind of leftover wood available at the time of manufacturing. The Anniversary Monkey features the words “70 år”, Danish for 70 years, on one of its feet and is only available in a limited edition.

Kay Bojesen

Wooden Monkey, small, Anniversary Edition



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Mix of leftover wood, composition may vary (teak, walnut, carbonized ash or mahogany; ash, beech, oak or maple; limba wood)
20 cm
Please note that the monkey's appearance may differ from pictured: each monkey is crafted from leftover materials available at the time of manufacturing.
Care instructions
Clean with soft dry cloth.

Kay Bojesen

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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