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Family of BIRDs

by Kristian Vedel

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BIRD was created by Danish designer Kristian Vedel in 1959 as a family of BIRDs: Children, parents and grandparents. 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 BIRD family has been re-introduced by Architectmade. They are all handmade in 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. The bodies can be turned upside down making it either a male or female. Now a legend, BIRD is the essence of Danish design, a truly timeless classic!

BIRD is part of Architectmade's collection and is sold here as a family: 1 small BIRD, 1 large BIRD and 1 chubby BIRD in natural or smoked oak. Architectmade is a Danish brand offering a glimpse into a few, rare design objects that some of Denmark’s leading architects created along their way to fame years ago. Celebrating timeless products that last, at the opposite of the "throw away" culture, Architectmade is renowned for its excellent craftsmanship. With three rounds of quality control, objects are made to stand the test of time and designed to be passed along to generations to come.

Family of BIRDs by Kristian Vedel
- Iconic timeless Danish design
- Handmade in Natural or Smoked Oak
- Natural or Smoked oak
- Small H 2.9”, Large H 4.9", Chubby H 4”


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Kristian Vedel
Kristian Vedel

For Kristian Vedel, born in 1923, needs define a function. Greatly influenced by Kaare Klint, the father of modern Danish furniture design, and by the German Bauhaus movement, his now classic-modern designs are characterized by a creative use of materials, especially plastics and wood, with a strong sense for ergonomic and functional requirements. He famously stated “ The starting point for an architect’s work must always be that he, from his own point of view, and as objectively as possible, takes a position with regard to what he perceives as the needs of society and his fellow men; he must personally take a stand with regards to existing possibilities and responsibilities”. Kristian Vedel received the Silver Medal at La Triennale di Milano for children’s furniture in 1957, the Gold Medal at La Triennale di Milano for stackable melamine dishes and containers, and the Lunning Prize in 1962.