Hans Bolling Wooden Duck and Duckling Hans Bolling Wooden Duck and Duckling

    Hans Bolling Wooden Duck and Duckling

    Price: $78.00

    Code: hansbollingduck



    ArchitectMade - Hans Bolling - Duck and Duckling 1959
    Hans Bolling Wooden Duck Figurines
    Crafted from Teak Wood - Price is for 1 Duck - Select from 2 Sizes


    Designer: Hans Bolling
    Manufacturer: ArchitectMade

    Danish Wooden Duck & Duckling Figures. Duck and Duckling by Hans Bolling for Architectmade. Hans Bolling Wooden Duck Sculpture (small or large by ArchitectMade). A classic wooden Danish design toy returns. Who can resist these adorable Duck and Duckling? In spring 1959 during busy days in Frederiksberg, Denmark, a policeman stopped the traffic in order to let a Duck family pass. All Danish newspapers published a photo of the ducks and inspired by the charming duck family, Hans Bolling hence designed the Duck and Duckling. To ensure the smoothest possible transition between the Duck and Duckling’s heads and beaks, the beak is wedged to the little head from the underside. Utmost attention is also given to their legs, whose surface is meticulously rounded by hand to perfection from angular wood. Lastly, the whole bodies are twice coated by hand in clear teak oil, to make the wood stronger. This also provides a soft, warm finish.

    Fans of the more whimsical side of Scandinavian modernism will welcome the re-issue of designer Hans Bolling's Duck family, designed in 1959 and still hand turned in a small village in Denmark. The Ducks are reminiscent of Danish spring, with mother ducks waltzing proudly around Copenhagen with their young ducklings. One particular spring in 1959 branded this image into the minds of the Danish population, as during the busy days in Frederiksberg a policeman found the time to stop the traffic in order to let a young Duck family pass. It was an extraordinary and meaningful event to the by passers to the point that all the newspapers published a famous photograph of the ducks. This captured moment encapsulates the Danish attention to nature and detail and the ability to appreciate small everyday miracles. Inspired by the charming Duck family, Hans Bølling hence designed a pair of small wooden Duck figures, whose souls carry the essence of peaceful and harmonious Danish spring. Their smooth, wooden curvatures are simple yet sophisticated and inspire subdued serenity and harmony anywhere they are placed, just as they did in spring 1959.

    Hans Bolling designed his family of Ducks - children, parents and grandparents - back in 1959. Though only the small Bird was set in production, it quickly became one of the most successful Danish wooden products from the 50s. Today, the entire expressive Duck family has been re-introduced. They are all handmade by a small wood turner in Denmark who only uses high quality smoked and natural oak wood. By tilting their heads in virtually any direction, the Birds can express every frame of mind - happy, sad, curious, alert, etc. The bodies can be turned upside down making it either a male or female.

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    Dimensions Small Duck: 3.50" h
    Dimensions Large Duck: 7" h

    Material: teak wood

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    Kristian Solmer Vedel graduated from the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design and continued to lecture at the same institution. After having been professor at University of Nairobi 1968-72 he returned to Denmark and became part of the Scandinavian Design movement. Influenced by Kaare Klint and the German Bauhaus school, his classically modern designs are characterized by a creative use of materials, especially plastics and wood, and with a strong sense for ergonomic and functional requirements. A typical example is his children's furniture, which could be adapted to a growing child and turned over to be used as a toy. In all respects, the furniture was designed for children according to their particular needs, rather than just being a miniature version of adult furniture. Kristian Vedel received many internaional awards such as the silver medal at La Triennale di Milano for his children's furniture in 1957.

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