Interspecies Collaboration

Interspecies Collaboration

Three London-based designers are working with honey bees to create bespoke products.

Sandra Pfeifer
  • 28 october 2010

Three young London based designers are “collaborating” with honey bees to create an Edwardian-inspired baby crib from cast metal and honeycomb. Their inaugural project is called “Built by” and will symbolize the hope of a future pairing between humankind and our environment.

They explain:

We propose a new process working with a custom designed beehive that allows us to collaborate with honey bees to create bespoke products. Our first venture using this process will be to create an Edwardian inspired baby crib. We have chosen this artifact as our inaugural product as it reflects the purpose of the honeycomb itself; bees use comb to rear their young.The crib symbolises the hope of a future pairing between humankind and our environment. It is a reminder that we must create products that shape cultural values towards a sustainable future. Through creating this physical and visual relationship with the bees we believe our crib will foster a unique form of sensitivity and understanding of the child’s place within the greater ecological organism that is our planet.



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