Denmark's design hero for Drammen
Kay Bojesen is associated with "the mood in Danish design" and gave life to the charming tripe
which adorns many a Norwegian home today. Now the largest exhibition of his products outside Denmark ever is presented at Drammen Museum.
An instructive and inspiring insight into Danish design history and Kay Bojesen's playful universe is given, when the doors open for the exhibition in February
Kay Bojesen (1886 - 1958) - Danish Design for modern life. In the period 11 February to
On 22 May 2016, a large selection of Kay Bojesen's most iconic objects will be presented and the audience will experience his charming and original universe of applied art in silver and wood together with his popular animals, toys and other wooden figures with roots in the simple Danish design tradition.
Kay Bojesen (1886 - 1958) - Danish Design for modern life
Drammen Museum, February 11 - May 22, 2016.
Kay Bojesen began her design career far away from toys. He received training from Georg Jensen and quickly made a name for himself as one of his generation's most talented Danish silversmiths, among others. at the World's Fair in Paris in 1925. The Grand Prix, his cutlery from 1938, won the International Design Prize in Milan in 1951 and is still a modern design icon.
It was not until the 1930s that he broke through with his ingenious wooden toy. Several of these models are today expensive and sought-after collectibles.
Kay Bojesen was an original, but also to a large extent a man of his time. He lived in Bellavista, Arne Jacobsen's modernist masterpiece north of Copenhagen, and his apartment was a gathering place for the time-rushing elite of architects and designers. His colleagues primarily designed furniture and lamps. Bojesen, however, preferred to stick to smaller items, such as jewelry, cutlery and toys. His earliest works are characterized by "beautiful work", or what in Norwegian is called Art Nouveau, but from 1928 he developed more in the direction of lyrical functionalism.
Throughout her life, Kay Bojesen was strongly involved in the work to spread Danish design and in 1931 co-founded Den Permanente, which until 1981 was the leading exhibition venue for Danish design in Copenhagen. He was also often represented at exhibitions around the world. Kay Bojesen was as diligent as an ant, and until his death in 1958 he managed to draw over 2000 objects in silver, wood, bast, porcelain, glass, tin, bamboo and melamine.
The Kay Bojesen exhibition at Drammen Museum contains a wide range of products from Kay Bojesen's versatile design universe.
The great popularity and demand has led to a number of Kay Bojsen's products being put back into production. The products in silver and steel are managed by Kay Bojesen's granddaughter Susanne Bojesen Rosenqvist under the company name Kay Bojesen Aps, and the wooden figures have long been produced and marketed by Rosendahl Design Group A / S under the brand name Kay Bojesen Denmark, in close collaboration with the Bojesen family.
The Kay Bojesen exhibition can be experienced at Drammen Museum in the period 11 February - 22 May.
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