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  1. Birdy pick of the week: Vedel birds

    I’m back after a wee Fashion Week break – more on that later – with A Week of Modern (part II). I was a tad ambitious trying to squeeze so many posts (and research) into one week, so I’m looking forward to bringing you more of my mid-century modern finds. Which brings me to this week’s birdy pick: Danish architect Kristian Vedel’s family of classic wooden birds.

    As with the Eames house bird, I’ve avoided Vedel’s birds in the past because they’ve enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, and I always try to choose something new and a wee bit different. But since we’re celebrating all things mid-century, I think it’s time we have a closer look at these delightful little birds.

    Vedel designed an entire family of wooden birds in 1959, including grandparents, parents and babies. The heads can be moved to convey different expressions – curious, downcast, perky and alert – and it’s astonishing just how much character is revealed with just a slight tilt of their beaks. The bodies of the birds can also be inverted to represent both male and females.

    Vedel’s birds continue to be handmade in Denmark in either natural or smoaked oak that has been aged for 15 years. They’re available in three different sizes – small, tall and chubby, and start at AU$100 from Great Dane Furniture in Australia, or from the Lollipop Shoppe in the UK from £33.

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    • Lesley Barnes

      these are really lovely! peck peck

      • Anonymous

        chirp chirp!

    • Westendmum

      I’ve never heard of those wee birdies before, they’re fab!

      • Anonymous

        Hi Westendmum, I’m so pleased to hear that they’ve got a new fan! xx

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      Oh man, I’m SUCH a sucker for wooden things! I’d give a few of these a loving home, I tell you! xx

      PS welcome back xx

    • Jenny Brent

      They’re lovely 🙂

    • Anonymous

      These adorable birdies have been on my list for years… one day! x

    • Anonymous

      I have seen these beauties, but didn’t realise they moved! That is so cool. Love to hear that they are handmade in Denmark still. So cool x