Danish silversmith and designer, Kaj Bojesen (1886-1958) is best known for his wooden toys. He designed a variety of playful animal forms, but the most popular was the monkey which was introduced in 1951 and produced in a variety of sizes. The teak and limba monkey is proof of Kaj Bojesen's belief that the "lines in a product should smile". From American television to exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the monkey is renowned worldwide. Today, a original vintage monkey will change owner for over $ 500,-- on an auction.
Bojesen's contribution to design was not limited to the wood toys he made; he apprenticed with Georg Jensen, was artistic director for Bing and Grøndal and crafted bowls for Finn Juhl. Bojesen was also a founding member of Den Permanente, a gallery and retail shop dedicated to exhibiting the best of Danish design.