Happy Whale (2016)

Normann Copenhagen, Denmark

Designer Jonas Wagell expands his collaboration with Normann Copenhagen with yet another expressive, minimalist design. Happy Whale is a simple and humorous decorative figure that adds personality and character to the modern interior.

With soft proportions and few, yet well-considered, details, Jonas Wagell has created an aesthetic design product with obvious charm. Happy Whale’s subtle expression is the product of many small adjustments and gradual refinement. For Jonas Wagell, it is this process in particular that is so inspiring about design: “I find it fascinating that a simple block of wood can be transformed into an object that evokes emotions and gives pleasure”.

Pleasure and smiles are exactly what you get from Happy Whale. The straightforward, playful design spreads life and warmth throughout the home. Put Happy Whale on your bedside table, allow it to welcome your guests on a shelf or dresser in the hallway, or create a comfortable ambience in the living room with Happy Whale in conjunction with vases and other decorative objects. Wherever you choose to put Happy Whale, its cheerful look will not go unnoticed.


Happy Whale is made from solid oak, and is available in classic black and white as well as an attractive deep blue. Released at Maison & Objet in Paris in September 2016.

Project information

  • Title: Happy Whale
  • Object: Figurine
  • Client: Normann Copenhagen
  • Size: 14 x 16,5 x 9 cm
  • Materials: Painted oak
  • Design: Jonas Wagell
  • Year: 2016


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