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Wooden bird, small

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  • Description

    Kristian Vedel designed his family of BIRDs - 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 1950s. Today, the entire expressive BIRD 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.

  • Technical Info

    Small: Ø 4.0 x H:7.5 cm

    Made in oak, either natural or smoked.

    Kristian Vedel designed the BIRDs in 1959 and today they are still handmade by a wood turner in a small village in Denmark. They are available in oak - smoked or natural.

  • Designer
    Kristian Vedel

    Kristian Vedel (1923 - 2003) was a Danish industrial designer who completed his apprenticeship as cabinetmaker in 1942. During 1944-45 he studied under professor Kaare Klint at the Department of Furniture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1946, he graduated from the Furniture Design Department of the School of Arts, Crafts and Design, where he lectured 1953-56. Vedel served as chairman of Danish Furniture Designers 1947-49. He was instrumental in establishing the society Industrial Designers of Denmark and served as its first chairman from 1966 to 1968.

    In 1950, he married Birgit Arnfred and they set up a design studio in Humlebæk in 1954. The couple had four children but divorced in 1961 and Vedel married Ane Pedersen. Between 1968 and 1971, he led the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. They returned to Denmark in 1972 to establish a design studio on Thyholm, in North-Western Jutland, where Vedel cultivated the landscape, bred Shropshire sheep, and researced utilization of their wool, hides and meat.

    Vedel was awarded 1st prize by Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild (1947), Louisiana Museum Prize (1957), silver medal at La Triennale di Milano (1957), gold medal at La Triennale di Milano (1961) and the Lunning Prize (1962). In 2007, Trapholt Museum in Denmark mounted a retrospective exhibition of his major works.

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    • Natural oak
    • Smoked oak

  • Delivery

    In stock

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