ArchitectMade Optimist by Hans Bolling
ArchitectMade Optimist by Hans BollingArchitectMade Optimist by Hans BollingArchitectMade Optimist by Hans Bolling
ArchitectMade Optimist by Hans Bolling
Designed by Hans Bølling
Item #: AM330
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  • Designer: Hans Bølling
  • Item #: AM330
  • Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
  • Dimensions:
    5.1" H (13 cm H)
  • Material:
    Handmade in Teak Wood
  • Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Since the beginning of time there have been opposites of every kind. The Optimist and the Pessimist are prime example of this duality, which is revealed by their expressive nature.

    Hans Bølling created both of the two characters having been inspired by his co-workers, who were like night and day, yin and yang, truly exact opposites. There is, however, a bit of each in all of us. The Optimist and the Pessimist remind us of this quality within us and together they create a stability much needed in the every-day life.

    What is more, both characters can express much more than positivity or negativity. The Pessimist features droopy eyes, while the Optimist has a big smile on his face and both feature bendable arms that can exclaim in joy or lower in frown.

    Whether you are one or the other, the Optimist and the Pessimist express the possibility of change of your perception, depending on your current state of mind.
    Hans B&oslashllingBorn in 1931 in a small town of Braband in Denmark, Hans Bølling attended an Art and Handcraft School originally to become an advertising designer, however some years later he followed his passion for architecture and graduated as an architect from the Royal Danish Art Academy. He designed a plethora of art works, ranging from dolls and furniture to villas, living complexes and town halls.

    The Duck came to life in the 1950s during B&oslah;lling’s younger years, following the architect’s designs of flowers and weeds from the Botanical Garden. Here he decided to create small figures of ballerinas, trolls and musicians for his loved ones. Later, after winning an award he received a carpentry machine, which afforded him the opportunity to carve his beloved figures into wood. It is at this point during the Danish spring that the Duck, and later its offspring – the Duckling, were born.

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