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Kay Bojesen Monkey

Kay Bojesen Monkey

Kay Bojesen, 1951

This product is represented in MoMA's Design collection.

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Kay Bojesen Monkey

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.

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History

Mid-Century 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.

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Product Specs

Type Furniture + Accessories
Made In Denmark
Size 7.5h x 5.25w x 2"d
Materials Teak Wood, Limba Wood
Featured Mid-Century Design
Designer Kay Bojesen
Date 1951
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