Hans Bølling was born in 1931 in a small town of Braband in Denmark.
He attended an Art- and Handcraft School originally to become an advertising designer but eventually followed his passion for architecture and graduated as an architect from the Royal Danish Art Academy.
He was involved on a very wide range of projects, designing dolls and furniture to villas, living complexes and town halls.
The Duck came to life in the late 1950s : after winning an award he received a carpentry machine, which gave him the opportunity to carve his beloved figures from wood. It is at this point during the Danish spring that the Duck, and later its offspring – the Duckling, were born.