Danish Modern Teak trolls, ‘Optimist and Pessimist’ by Hans Bolling, Orskov & Co. Denmark circa 1960’s


These are a great pair of original genuine Danish Modern Teak trolls, ‘Optimist and Pessimist’ designed by Hans Bolling, and made by Orskov & Co. Denmark circa 1960’s.

A fantastic couple, comprising of the classic opposing character troll figurines the ‘Optimist’ and ‘Pessimist’. Both made out of teak, with rope arms and rabbit fur hair and painted eyes. Designed by the renowned Danish architect Hans Bolling, famous for his iconic mid century wooden figures such as these.

Stunning mid century Danish modern design classic, so reminiscent of the era, their small size would make them perfect to accessorise and add some fun character to a desk, mantelpiece or shelf.

Would make a stunning addition to any Danish or Scandinavian Teak collection, and would complement any mid century modern, retro, vintage, 60’s, kitsch or contemporary styled interior.

In excellent condition, some thinning and age showing to the rabbit fur hair, nothing to detract on display, the wood has a lovely patina

Each figure measures approx 14 x 8 x 6cm / 5.5 x 3.25 x 2.5in.

Both stamped to the base ‘Hans Bolling Orskov & Co. Denmark’.

Available in my Etsy shop : http://etsy.me/1QaTrTy

Vintage red Hoptimist Bimble, designed by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich, Denmark circa 1969

This is a Great Vintage Original Hoptimist Bimble toy, designed by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich, Denmark circa 1969.

A Classic of Danish Modern design from the 1960’s, the Hoptimist range comprised of cute Space Age / Pop Art styled figures with round heads and springs for bodies. The Bimble Hoptimist has a bright red plastic head and minimal detailing just a round ball nose and painted graphic eyes, one winking. With its metal spring body and standing on elliptical metal feet it exemplifies pared down Danish Modern design.

Its name is suggestive of its spring form, which bobs and nods when moved and of the optimistic times of the late Sixties, it definitely has a sense of fun and a quirky nature.

An Iconic Nordic design that would look great on any desk or as a toy for kids or grown ups alike! Would make a great addition to any collection of Danish design and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century modern, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Great Condition still bobs away on its spring, some marks and wear to the paint, especially on the spring, could be repainted if wanted. There is a small hole in the top of the head that probably had an attachment originally, nothing to detract from the great vintage look!

Measures 13 x 9 x 9cm / 5.25 x 3.5 x 3.5in.

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Hoptimist Billionaire Bimble Money Box in red, designed by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich, Denmark circa 1969

The Hoptimist ‘Billionaire Bimble’ moneybox is a classic of Danish Modern design.  The range of brightly coloured spring bodied toy figures were created by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich in 1969, and definitely embody a feeling of Space Age optimism and Pop Art fun into their quirky design.

1950’s Mid-century modern cantilever sewing / hobby storage box, Atomic / Eames era

A highly collectable and very practical piece of mid-century modern furniture.  Originally designed as a sewing / hobby box, with its cantilevered construction, opening to reveal 8 compartments.  Sitting on lovely Atomic styled splayed legs, and with a bent ply handle, its form is very reminiscent of its Eames / Danish modern era origins.  A great storage solution for any retro, vintage or mid century styled interior.

Danish / Scandinavian Leather and Rosewood swivel lounge chair, circa 1960’s

Something a little different, and bigger than the usual offerings.  This lovely Danish style Rosewood stained bent ply and leather swivel lounge chair.  No makers mark, but ticks all the classic Scandinavian design boxes, and would make a great addition to any Mid-Century Modern through to minimal contemporary interior.  Available in my Ebay listings!