BIRD by Kristen Vedel is an affordable modern architect led Danish design classic, that would fit into any home.
I’ve been thinking about minimalism for some time now. Of course minimalism means many, many different things to different people. All too often people take it to mean stripping down your possessions to a bare minimum and living a existence in a bare monk like cell. That sounds way too uncomfortable for me, as well as very impractical as the nature of my job means that I need quite a bit of equipment, as well as props.
At its essence minimalism is about less stuff, be it physical, mental or things you have to do. I find too much of this amorphous stuff intensely stressful, as well as energy sapping, and have been working hard to dump it, delegate it, get it done sooner or not acquire it in the first place. I don’t think it is matter of better organisation, which seems to help with the stuff problem, but in reality is just a coping mechanism.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful
– William Morris
With regard to the physical stuff, I think William Morris was spot on, and one of the reasons that I am never going to live a pared down existence is that I like beautiful things. They uplift, refresh, inspire and energise me.
One of my favourite possessions, are my pair of BIRDs, designed by Danish architect Kristen Vedel. They are undeniably simple, but beautifully designed to be so expressive. Made from two pieces, the body can be turned either way up, the head can be rotated or tilted to completely change the bird’s character and mood.
Bird is made by ARCHITECTMADE, a Danish company making and selling household objects designed by architects. As you would expect their designs are sleek, modern, minimal as well as beautiful.
Kristen Vedel (1923 – 2003) was a graduate of the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, he lectured there after gradating, spent four years from 1968 working at the university of Nairobi, before retiring to Denmark.
Vedel designed the family of BIRDs in 1959 – in two sizes, parent and child, as well as a shorter, squat grandparent bird. Originally only the smaller bird was made, and it became one of the most popular Danish wooden products from the1960s.
Nowadays the whole BIRD family is made by ARCHITECTMADE, a Danish company making and selling household objects designed by architects, they use a specialist woodturner to make the birds, in both natural and smoked oak.
By turning the bodies the other way up, the birds can be male or female, and you can tile the head in any direction, expressing a huge range of emotions, happy, sad, quizzical, sleepy etc. I find it quite astonishing just how expressive they can be.
The three BIRDs (chubby not photographed, but I so want one to complete the family) are available in natural and smoked oak at £39/£49/£59 each. An affordable investment piece you will have forever.
My BIRDs were personal gifts which I wanted to share.