Kay Bojesen Monkey Decorative Toy from The Danish Architecture Centre.
The Danish Designer Kay Bojesen believed that childrens toys should "feel good in your hand," and that the intrinsic lines of the design should provoke a smile. Designed in around 1951, Bojesen's monkey captures this philosophy beautifully, with its friendly expression and rounded form. With rotating legs and arms that allow you to perch the Monkey in a variety of positions, and hands and feet shaped like hooks, which allows you to hang the monkey around the home.
Kay Bojesen graduated as a silversmith in 1910 after completing his apprenticeship at Georg Jensen. In the 1930’s he began creating quirky wooden animals adhering to his belief that they should not be replicas of the real deal but should feel round and soft and bring a smile to peoples’ faces.
MOMA writes about this defining period of dansih design:
"Following World War II, a number of factors combined to foster a new direction in home products and furniture. New materials, such as molded plywood and plastic, and advances in mass production techniques opened a world of design options. Through the efforts of companies like Herman Miller, their longtime design director George Nelson, and the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames, these new designs could be produced for a broad market. A new vocabulary of ergonomic form, versatile function, and synthetic material emerged—and some of the most beloved furniture of the century was created".