November 1, 2014

Kay Bojesen Danish Wooden Animal Toys and Rocking Horse

Kay Bojesen (1886–1958) was an apprentice of Georg Jensen, training as a silversmith in 1910. After a few years in Germany and France, he began working as a silversmith in Copenhagen. In the 1930s he realised there was something particularly lively about wood, and his wooden figures have made him one of the great pioneers of Danish art manufacture. Happily, Kay Bojesen was far too curious to restrict himself to the work of refining metals, and he began experimenting with other materials. In the course of his exploration, he discovered wood as a material with very special possibilities for industrial treatment and styling. This discovery led to the classic guardsmen and a whole zoological garden taking shape between his hands. Perhaps the most gifted item in Denmark for newborns and toddlers; the classic wooden Kay Bojesen Rocking Horse is a staple of Scandinavian design. Created by legendary Danish wooden toy designer Kay Bojesen. This lovely hand crafted wooden toy horse was designed in 1936 and is a beloved classic of many Danish households as it is passed on generation after generation. 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. 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.