Duck and Duckling are reminiscent of Danish spring, with the mother duck walking proudly ahead of her children around the lakes that dot Copenhagen. And more especially of a particular spring, that of 1959, when a Danish policeman did not hesitate to stop the intense traffic of Frederiksberg to let a duck family pass.
The event made noise and, the following day, all the principal newspapers of the capital published a photograph which remained engraved in the collective memory: was it not a perfect symbol of this capacity so Scandinavian to be filled with wonder in front of the humble miracles of life and, in particular, the awakening of nature, nourished by the austerity of a long winter?
Hans Bølling therefore drew on this anecdote to draw his two wooden ducks, whose soft and peaceful shapes help to bring a little harmony to the interiors, as did this duck family from 1959.
Duck H18,50 x 10,30 cm
Duckling H8,70 x 6 cm
Hans Bølling's (born in 1931) work is known for its play, humor and wit. A passionate spirit whose practice and products are inspired by creative diversity, Bølling’s interest in architecture drew him back to school for a secondary degree after training as an advertising designer, growing his practice beyond objects to include villas, living complexes and town halls.
Early in his career he began to craft small figures from botanicals as gifts for family and friends. The precision and personality in his objects paved the way for success as he quickly began to sell the wooden figures to stores.
As luck would have it, Bølling shortly thereafter won an award for the designs and invested the winnings into his own carpentry machine. The access to the means of production kick-started the production of Bølling’s now-famous Duck and Duckling in the 1950’s.
Today, Hans still stops by the Architectmade office, checking in on his beloved products.