Zebra by Kay Bojesen

At the start of the 1920s, Kay Bojesen (Danish, 1886–1958) started creating wooden toys. At the time, Bojesen spent his summers abroad and was inspired by animals from far flung places such as Africa and South-America. Following earlier crafts in silver, during which he was inspired by the structural clarity of Danish design and the natural colors of silver/wood, the designer created the Zebra for the Danish Rosendahl design firm in 1932. Impressed by the quality of these handcrafted wooden toys, Danish consumers were further introduced to additional animals, monkeys, elephants, dogs, bears, who welcomed the zebra into their magical world, and gave him access to all the tools and resources he needed to express his creativity in wood. In exchange, the Victoria and Albert museum in London in the nineteen-fifties would exhibit his entire range of wooden figurines in the 1950s. The Zebra - which today is considered a design classic - is being re-introduced through design shop NOVA68 - in the original edition featuring a white lacquered beech body with a black striped design.