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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hans Bølling

Hans Bølling (1931- ) originally attended an Art and Handcraft School to become an advertising designer but decided some years later to study architecture at the Royal Danish Art Academy.

Bølling designed villas, government buildings and apartment complexes, as well as furniture, but he is probably best known for his 1954 design of The Duck and later its offspring the Duckling.

His teak animals and human forms are highly collectible, including Oscar the Dog, The Optimist and The Pessimist. The Mermaid figure, has been re-released by Architectmade.

From and

Oscar the Dog, 1953

Duck and Duckling, 1959

The Mermaid, 1960

The Optimist and The Pessimist, 1963

Rolling cart

In the following video from 2011, Hans Bølling explains how his animals and human forms came about. - greatdanefurniture


  1. What a charming video....great to hear a designer/artist etc. talk about how things came into being. ...even more fascinating the video was made for Great Dane furniture in Melbourne :)

    1. I loved the video too. He has such an endearing demeanor, and his stories about the designs were fascinating.

  2. Such gently humourous pieces, and with such clean lines... now these are something I could (metaphorically) sink my teeth into.

    1. His pieces make such charming collections. I love The Optimist and The Pessimist..

  3. Oh I think these need to be in my toy collection! The ducks! :)
    Great video, what a sweetheart!

    1. Doesn't he seem like such a nice person? I really enjoyed that video!