Kay Bojesen Monkey

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Product: Kay Bojesen Monkey
Designer: Kay Bojesen

Kay Bojesen believed that products for children should “feel good in your hand,” and the lines of their design should smile. Designed in 1951, Bojesen’s monkey captures his philosophy with its friendly expression and rounded silhouette. It has rotating legs and arms that allow for animated movement and hands and feet shaped like hooks that let the monkey hang and swing like its real-life counterpart. This is a decorative object and not intended as a toy for children.

This product was included in MoMA’s exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, an overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The Museum’s Department of Architecture and Design brings together school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books to examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children.

  • Type     For Kids
  • Made In     Denmark
  • Monkey: Teak/limba.
  • Height 20 cm.
  • Materials     Teak Wood, Limba Wood
  • Featured     Mid-Century Design
  • Designer     Kay Bojesen
  • Date     1951