Kay Bojesen was born in Denmark in 1886 and graduated as a silversmith in 1910 after completing his apprenticeship with master silversmith Georg Jensen. Bojesen was one of the first Danish artisans to embrace functionalism and was among the pioneers who organised Den Permanente association, a cooperative of artists, which came to represent the best in Danish and Scandinavian design. In 1919 everything changed for Bojesen, he got married and his son Otto was born and through his great love for the child a lifelong fascination for wooden children’s toys began. In the 1930s he started to pursue his interest in wood, creating a range of wooden toys that all lived up to his ideal that design should be round, soft and have a good feel to it. He wasn’t interested in realism, toys should look like children expected them to, simple, solid with a smile. Today Kay Bojesen is regarded as one of Denmark's biggest designer names and his designs are among the most popular in Danish design history.

Kay Bojesen

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