27.08.2016 - 30.08.2016 — Hall: 11.1 Stand: C 48
Hoptimist – Made in Denmark
Once upon a time… The story of the Hoptimists begins in 1968, when cabinetmaker Gustav Ehrenreich developed the first prototype of these little figures in his workshop. He had been nurturing the idea of the Hoptimists for some time before using an ellipse and a circle to draw the first sketch, which made it technically possible for him to produce the figures.
Spreading their smiles, these little figures quickly became popular, and have become a global success story. The Hoptimists were produced through to 1974.
Thanks to Danish designer Lotte Steffensen, the Hoptimists did not die out, but saw the light of day again in 2009. She and her husband, Bo, established the Hoptimist company in Aarhus.
Today, the Hoptimists are still produced in Denmark, where every single part is carefully hand-assembled. The little figures come to life as soon as the head is put on the spring. A little poke is enough to make Bimble and Bumble bounce cheerfully up and down, putting a smile on everyone’s lips.
Today, the Hoptimists are regarded as part of the great Danish design family that includes classics such as Kay Bojesen’s monkey and Louis Poulsen’s PH lamp. Danish design is minimalist, simple and timeless. Those are the defining features of every single member of the family.
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