Proving that great materials and classic Scandinavian design never really loses its feathers, Bird by renowned Danish architect Kristian Vedel is a simple but metaphoric addition to your child’s nursery. The design has a great history and is still as beautiful as it was when first designed by Vedel in 1959. The initial design was as an expression of three generations of a family – children, parents, and grandparents. While only the small “baby” bird actually went into production, it very quickly became one of the most successful and popular Danish wooden toys, something of an icon in the 50’s. Luckily for you, the craft masterpiece is still available today to honor your own family’s generations.

You can get Vedel’s original Bird design today, as they’re hand-made by a small wood turner in Denmark who usesĀ  highest quality, locally-sourced oak. We love that they have an endearing anthropomorphic quality- each bird’s head can be tilted to express different emotions of happiness, sadness, curiosity, and more. You can also turn the body upside down to give your bird an hourglass shape, and interchangeable parts are fun for the whole family.

+ Bird by Kristian Vedel is available in Natural Oak/Smoked Oak at ModernChild for $45 – $69