b. Braband, Denmark, 1931
Hans Bølling was Born in 1931 in Brabrand, Denmark. After training as an advertising designer, Bølling met his future wife Søs, whose father, Architect Axel Wanscher and brother of famed designer Ole Wanscher, convinced Hans to pursue a career in architecture. Bølling went on to study at The Royal Danish Art Academy where his design philosophy would begin to take shape. With the help of a turning lathe, Bølling started crafting small wooden figures for his wife and friends. The precision and personality in these objects paved the way for his success.
After Bølling won a design award, he invested the winnings into his own carpentry equipment. This kick-started the production of his now famous wooden creatures and his furniture design exploration. Bølling went on to design furniture for leading Danish cabinetmakers which are now considered icons of the mid 20th century. In recent years, some of Bølling's designs from the 1960's have been put into production by Danish workshop Brdr. Krüger, with whom Bølling has a generations-long relationship with. When asked recently if Bølling has any plans to retire, he responded with, "Why stop? The ideas don't slow down with age."