Kay Bojesen: Puffin Wooden Figure
Kay Bojesen Classic Wooden Toy Collection
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This beautiful Kay Bojesen's "forgotten" design Puffin (sea parrrot) was introduced in 1954 and re-introduced in 2013. Unlike most other animals in the Kay Bojesen figures, The Puffin has a black and white painted body with a beak decorated in blue, red and yellow stripes. Full of character and humor, Kay Bojesen's bright-billed wooden bird can change his expression with a simple tilt of his head. You would think that such a colorful, exotic-looking bird would come from some distant tropical climate. But nothing could be further from the truth. The peculiar puffin with its colorful bill, like Kay Bojesen himself, is a product of the cold North. The puffin lives in large colonies in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and once in a while, some take a little detour to Denmark. Perhaps even to Kay Bojesen's garden, where the charming bird with the kindly and naive eyes would have received a warm welcome from the designer with the playful imagination and amazing skills for bringing wood to life. Kay Bojesen devised this beautiful little Puffin animal in collaboration with the great theater artist, Svend Rasmussen, who was famous for his naive brush and color and who painted Kay Bojesen's wooden figures in his garage shop in Broad Street.
The wooden bird, Puffin possesses a pure, modern expression without unnecessary forms.
With his timeless designs, he delights young people and grown-ups.
Full of soul, humour and handcrafted art it is an appeal to the playful child in each one of us.
But not only in the children’s room, but also in shelves and offices, the wooden animals from Kay Bojesen are meanwhile desired collectors items that are passed from one generation to another. Therefore the animals are perfectly made gift-ideas, holiday, birthday, graduation, marriage, anniversary. Rosendahl manufactures the Kay Bojesen wooden animals in tight cooperation with his family out of high quality oak wood and walnut that wins charm with passing years. Bojesen himself has paid homage to the mantra that good design should be human, warm and vivid, during his whole life: ”They should remind of a circus”, is how he used to describe his works, from which his lovingly wooden creatures count to the most popular ones.
Kay Bojesen was one of the greatest Danish functionalists with his user friendly and modern form of design. In his naïve, yet utterly brilliiant designs, form and function, seriousness and game melt together to form a perfect unity. The wooden figurines by Kay Bojesen have become coveted international design icons.
Kay Bojesen was one of the pioneers of Danish design. His classic wooden toys including his famous wooden monkey have transformed kids' rooms into jungles for the last half a century. In 1922, Kay Bojesen began designing wooden toys, typically about six to ten inches tall, with moveable limbs. These included a teak and limba monkey (1951), an oak elephant, a bear made of oak and maple, a rocking horse of beech, a dachshund dog in walnut, a hippo and rabbit in oak and Danish military figures including a drummer, a private with gun and a standard-bearer. Kay Bojesen's premise in his wooden toy design was a conviction that his objects should have life, blood and a heart.
This is especially obvious in his beloved wooden toy soldiers and wooden animals, which have adorned children's bedrooms with smiles, taking children's dreams to imaginative far-flung lands. These classic wooden toys stay with you from childhood into adulthood, and we call them classics because we would not want to be without them. And because they were made with love, imagination and intelligence. These are classic wooden heirloom toys.
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