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The sensational Seagull

Kay Bojesen Denmark introduces another feathered favourite to the flock

Kay Bojesen really got around in the animal kingdom with his iconic wooden figurines, and his focus was not solely on the four-legged creatures. As a keen birdwatcher, Bojesen also created his own interpretations of several bird species, from the charming Puffin to the colourful Song Birds, the little Sparrows, and the love-struck Turtle Doves.

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Now the time has come to introduce another feathered favourite to the flock, as Kay Bojesen Denmark sends the Seagull aflight which Bojesen designed in 1954 for the Carpenters’ Guild’s jubilee exhibition. The Seagull comes in three sizes, and with its spring for hanging, it adds life to any window or corner.

Great craftsmanship
Kay Bojesen is one of the most renowned profiles in Danish design history. This is not only thanks to his many iconic creations, which have taken the world by storm, but also to his fierce engagement in the world around him, which was often reflected as an extra layer in Bojesen’s designs.

As a member of the trend-setting circles of craftsmen and architects of his day, Kay Bojesen had strong opinions about modern culture, from educational principles to industrialisation, and good businessman that he was, he led the way in the struggle for the new age, which brought such great demand for artisan crafts that it was impossible for small workshops to keep up.

Instead, they – like Bojesen himself – were forced to bring in help form outside to keep up with production, but in the end the quality of the work would, as he put it, ultimately dictate whether the result could be considered fine craftsmanship.

This remains the guiding principle of Kay Bojesen Denmark, which has worked in close collaboration with Kay Bojesen’s family to put a great many of Bojesen’s most popular creations into production. And now a faithful reproduction of the Seagull is taking flight.

Gliding beauty
Kay Bojesen created the Seagull in 1954 for the Carpenters’ Guild’s jubilee exhibition. However, our grey-painted feathered friend was not released on his own, but as part of a flock of 22 gulls that hung from the ceiling as decoration.

With their lively eyes and bright yellow bills, you can almost see the flock gliding through the exhibition hall, and now the Seagull again has the opportunity to bring life to contemporary decor. Alone or in the company of his two siblings from the nest – because of course Kay Bojesen Denmark is supplementing the original gull design with two smaller sizes.

Like the original, today’s Seagull is made from painted beech wood and hangs from a specially designed spring that produces gentle undulations as it hovers ever-watchful in the air or moves with a gentle tap on the bill.

The Seagull makes a beautiful decorative object in any window or corner in the home. Although he may be most at home in the kitchen window, where he can watch his kin in the garden, or in the nursery, where three gulls hung in a group make a perfect mobile, ensuring aesthetic beauty for design-loving parents and lively entertainment for baby when she looks up at the ceiling from her cot.

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