Kay Bojesen


Kay Bojesen had many talents and a wonderful imagination. He worked diligently to create design lines that, in his own words, smiled. This special talent has created a magical universe of wooden animals and figurines that have become treasured classics the world over.

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Chirpingly charming

The Kay Bojesen Sparrows

In recent years, Kay Bojesen’s famous animal circus has regularly welcomed new members to the menagerie. Although perhaps aviary is more precise, as the past years have seen the arrival of several feathered friends, from the love-struck Turtle Doves to the charming Puffin. The newest addition is The Sparrows, designed by Kay Bojesen in 1935 and now taking renewed flight. In spring 2016, Kay Bojesen Denmark is introducing a chirpingly charming new product, complete with landing board, for the seven colourful little birds named after the days of the week.

The Sparrows are known for flying and living in flocks. Kay Bojesen Denmark has therefore grouped them together in this year’s new release, as a set of seven sparrows accompanied by a magnetic board. The birds are all named after a day of the week and come with magnets so they don’t fly away, but stay safely in their spot on the bookshelf or a decorative tray on the coffee table. Naturally, the Sparrow design can be arranged freely according to colour preferences, while for the smallest Kay Bojesen fans, they make an untraditional and playful way to learn the days of the week when the birds are placed in order, bringing colour to even the greyest of Mondays.

The Kay Bojesen Sparrows (H: 6 cm) are priced at EUR 179.00 (RRP) for a set of seven including board.

The Sparrows are made from painted beech wood, fitted with magnets and come with a matching magnetic board.

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Kay Bojesen for the little ones

The Kay Bojesen children’s tableware

Kay Bojesen is known for his characteristic design mantra: “There’s got to be a bit of circus in it”. He also firmly believed that in good design the lines should smile. However, this whimsical approach to fine craftsmanship never overshadowed Kay Bojesen’s focus on aesthetics and functionalism. Not even when he designed for children, because Kay Bojesen had a keen interest in didactics and modern educational principles. This spring, as a tribute to learning through play, Kay Bojesen Denmark is launching Kay Bojesen’s irresistible children’s tableware in melamine, which puts the alphabet and telling time on the menu, transforming mealtime into a creative time in family life.

The learning method is still the same as on the original set. The edge of the plate features numbers like the dial of a clock and the edge of the bowl is decorated with the letters of the alphabet. While eating from the dishes, the child can use their cutlery to learn to tell time and to spell. And when the child begins reading, the decorative melamine cup features letters placed close together, making it possible to spell out simple words like “mum” and “dad”. In line with Kay Bojesen’s design DNA, the alphabet and number illustrations on the tableware are kept in a simple, architectural look, which is graphically beautiful and easy for the child to decode, play with and learn from.

The Kay Bojesen children’s tableware is a perfect gift idea for all curious children and their design-loving parents and is sold in a beautiful gift box.

The Kay Bojesen melamine set comprises a plate (Ø 22 cm), bowl (Ø 18.4 cm) and cup (22 cl) and is priced at EUR 299.95 (RRP).


Kay Bojesen rides again

They say you can’t teach an old circus horse new tricks. Luckily, that’s not true for Kay Bojesen’s delightful animal circus, where a proud beast from the 1930s will be galloping into the manège this autumn to take both new and old design-riders by storm. The Horse joins Kay Bojesen Denmark’s family of tufted and hoofed animals, from The Zebra to The Rocking Horse, and is made from oiled walnut just like its dark-wooded cousin The Dog. 

Kay Bojesen was known for his ability to bring wood to life, and with its straight legs and striking mane, The Horse is the embodiment of Kay Bojesen’s magical touch. There are no moveable parts in the design, and yet it is still so lifelike. With its watchful eyes, bowed neck and majestic tale, the horse is ready to gallop off at any moment, and only a thin leather strap keeps the imagination and speed in check. The Horse – like The Dog – is made from solid, oiled walnut in an exclusive design that makes a perfect gadget for the desk, shelf or study. The figurine also makes a wonderful gift for design-loving cowgirls and boys of all ages.

Kay Bojesen’s Horse (h: 14 cm) in solid, oiled walnut is priced at EUR 109.00 (RRP) and will be available in stores from early September 2015.


Bojesen gives us a new best friend

There is no denying that designer Kay Bojesen was a real animal lover. During his lifetime, he created an entire circus of wooden animals, each more charming than the next – from the exotic Elephant to the delightful Dog. This autumn, Kay Bojesen Denmark has once again visited the design archives and found another dog to add to the collection: Tim. This charming and amiable miniature terrier created by Kay Bojesen in 1935 is big news despite its small size.

Kay Bojesen named the little terrier Tim and produced it in both light and dark wood types but never with a lead or collar, for naturally Tim walks his how charming path. And this autumn Kay Bojesen Denmark is setting two versions of Tim the Dog into the world – in natural oak and smoked oak – offering double the opportunity to start a Kay Bojesen kennel filled with four-legged friends. Like Bojesen’s other wooden figurines, Tim makes a wonderful present for birthdays, christenings, confirmations, anniversaries and all manner of special occasions where it’s good to have a loyal friend.

Tim the Dog (H: 7.5 cm) is made from solid wood and comes in a light and a dark version in natural oak and smoked oak, respectively. The dogs are priced at EUR 39.00 (RRP) and will be available in stores from mid-August 2015.

Blanket & rattle


Throughout his life, Kay Bojesen had a soft spot for wood and a unique talent for bringing to life his designs using everything from teak to oak. Over the years, he produced a whole army of iconic wooden figurines and now Kay Bojesen Denmark is celebrating the designer’s softer side with a new category for the little ones: throw blankets. These children’s throws feature illustrations by Bo Bendixen and come in red and blue, making them perfect as christening and birthday gifts. Especially when supplemented by the other new product this autumn: a wooden rattle in untreated beechwood designed by Bojesen in 1932.

The Kay Bojesen children’s throw measures 80 cm x 120 cm, comes in red and blue and is priced at EUR 139.00 (RRP).
The Kay Bojesen rattle (Ø: 8 cm) is made from untreated beechwood and is priced at EUR 39.00 (RRP). 

Both new products will be available in stores from mid-August 2015.

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Spring news from the savannah

Kay Bojesen’s wooden animals are known and loved all over the world. He found inspiration for his designs on the various continents and now Kay Bojesen Denmark is adding yet another animal to its “designer zoo”, The Zebra. Kay Bojesen created the charming zebra as the first of the exotic animals in 1935. It has since been joined by The Monkey, The Elephant and The Hippo, and now another four-legged playmate is moving from the savannah into the modern home.

Kay Bojesen is known for his delightful humour and unique talent for wooden creations that bring out smiles. And nobody can keep a straight face when they gaze upon the pleasantly plump zebra. With its straight legs and bristly mane, the zebra lives up to Kay Bojesen’s ideal of creating wooden figurines that don’t seek to imitate nature. Instead, it is full of charm and personality in every stripe and to the very tips of its mohawk.

The Kay Bojesen Zebra (H: 14 cm) is made from solid birch and priced at EUR 85,00 (RRP).

The Zebra will be available in stores from mid-February 2015.

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Alfred The Songbird – au naturel

Ever since Kay Bojesen’s Songbirds took their first flight, these colourful wooden birds have taken the design world by storm. New birds have joined the flock each season – most recently the grey head of the family, Ernst. And now we see the arrival of yet another winged relative. Alfred, named after Kay Bojesen’s great grandson, is the first of The Songbirds to appear au naturel.

The Songbird is made from oak with a bill in smoked oak, creating a beautiful contrast that has clear references to the current Scandi-cool interior design trend that combines natural materials such as wood, concrete and marble in an effective tribute to the concept of “less is more”.

Like the other Songbirds, Kay, Ernst, Peter, Ruth, Otto, Pop and Sunshine, Alfred is a perfect design gift for a wedding, christening, birthday, anniversary or any other day of celebration. The new design is also an easy way to integrate the wood trend into a modern home – naturally!

Alfred The Songbird (H: 16 cm), made from natural oak with a bill in smoked oak, is priced at EUR 89,00 (RRP). 

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Kay Bojesen’s blockbusters

Kay Bojesen Denmark is launching The Alphabet blocks for the first time. The blocks saw the light of day in the late 1950s, and today the intelligent design still captures the charm of little ones learning while they play.

The design was never put into production outside the classroom but Kay Bojesen Denmark is now putting that right. In autumn 2014, the design company is relaunching these beautiful blocks in solid beechwood and is inviting children everywhere to enjoy a good old-fashioned s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g g-a-m-e.

Kay Bojesen was a leading Scandinavian functionalist and his architecture and designs are known for their simple, architectonic style. This also applies to the Alphabet Blocks, which are easy and intuitive to play with – and learn from. The set of blocks comprises 33 straight and 33 contoured wooden blocks that together form a naivistic system of letters. The simple geometric shapes of the letters resemble children’s writing and comprise the building blocks for hours of educational fun.

The Kay Bojesen blocks are the perfect Christening or birthday gift, but also appeal to adult design lovers with their unmistakable references to the Bauhaus typologies.

The Kay Bojesen blocks and storage box, available in treated beechwood, are priced at DKK 499.95. (RRP) for a box of 33 straight blocks and 33 contoured blocks, 66 altogether.

The blocks will be available in shops from early September 2014.

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Much more monkey business

The most popular design monkey get this fall a middle brother.

The monkey troop will gain a new member as after years in the making, Kay Bojesen Denmark will be releasing another monkey worldwide. The 28 cm tall monkey will be the middle monkey and naturally, the family resemblance is striking. Like his brothers, the new monkey is made from teak and limba of the very finest quality, hand-processed at a Danish turning shop.

The Kay Bojesen monkey (H: 28 cm), available in solid wood teak/limba, is priced at DKK 2,995.95 (RRP).

The monkey will be available in shops from early September 2014, but will be available as a limited edition of 500 monkeys in connection with the current Kay Bojesen exhibition at Sophienholm in Lyngby, Denmark, which will be open from 28 June until 21 September. The first 500 monkeys have a hang tag displaying consecutive numbers around their necks to document that they are both made in Denmark and genuine collectors’ items. The limited edition monkeys will be available only in Sophienholm’s museum shop and at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen while stocks last.

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Turtle doves for design lovers

The turtle dove is known in both ornithology and mythology for mating for life, and with the launch of Kay Bojesen Denmark’s new Turtle Doves this spring, all design lovers will have a new friend for life. The Turtle Dove, which is a smaller version of its colourful cousin, The Songbird, is made from two-tone natural wood and sold in pairs as the ideal gift for any heartfelt celebration, from weddings to housewarmings.

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A wooden Santa

With his paternal attitude, unyielding optimism and mantra that good design should be personal, warm and lively, Kay Bojesen could never be described as stiff as wood, quite the contrary! And yet, throughout his life, wood was his preferred medium, and the breadth of Kay Bojesen’s work is vast: from puffins and songbirds to rabbits and cool monkeys. This autumn, Kay Bojesen Denmark adds another member to the design family with the relaunching of his original wooden Santa from the 1940s, complete with bag and walking stick.

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New leader of the Songbird flock

Kay Bojesen’s woodwork is full of personality – from the swinging Monkey to the cheeky Hippo. In 2012, Kay Bojesen Denmark set the colourful Songbirds aflight, featuring names from the designer’s own family. Now another bird has landed in the family tree – the elegant, silver-topped leader of the flock, Ernst.

The distinguished gentleman “Ernst”, with his discrete grey plumage and striking black bill, is a perfect match for today’s graphic interior design trends. Ernst is named after Kay Bojesen’s father.

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A fabulous feathered friend

Last year, the colourful Songbirds flew into the family, and this year, we see the arrival of another feathered friend when Rosendahl gives us The Puffin. The bird known in Danish as the “sea parrot” because of its colourful bill may be Kay Bojesen’s most popular “forgotten” design, which he brought to life in 1954 in collaboration with scenographer Svend Johansen. Spring 2013 is the launch season of The Puffin, which Kay Bojesen created around the same time as The Monkey, The Bear and The Elephant, but which differs greatly in appearance from the other animals.

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A little bird told me ...

In Spring 2012, a new creation from Kay Bojesen Denmark takes flight to the delight of fans of all ages: The Songbird. It is a hitherto unknown design created by Kay Bojesen in the 1950s, but never put into production, until now. We bid Ruth, Pop, Otto, Kay, Peter and Sunshine a warm welcome to Bojesen’s wonderful animal family and predict that the six colourful personalities will quickly find friends among design lovers the world over.

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The Hippo

The Hippo was born in 1955. Its main function everyday was to keep track of Kay Bojesen’s sketching pencil. For decades, the animal universe of Kay Bojesen has united children and adults in endless hours of storytelling and day dreaming. The Hippo is made of white oak. It is an exact replica created from Kay Bojesen’s original drawings.

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The Rabbit

The Rabbit was born in 1957 as the youngest member of Kay Bojesen’s animal family. For decades, the animal universe of Kay Bojesen has united children and adults in endless hours of storytelling and day dreaming. The Rabbit is made of white oak. It is an exact replica created from Kay Bojesen’s original drawings.

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The Dog

The Dog was born in 1934. Kay Bojesen’s intention was never to create an exact replica of any animal. His ambition was to create playful variations that should be pleasant to hold. The Dog is made of walnut wood and is treated with wood oil. It is an exact replica created from Kay Bojesen’s original drawings.

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Danish design

Kay Bojesen is regarded as one of Denmark's biggest designer names and his designs are among the most popular in Danish design.


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