Although being vital for the ecosystem, the bees are on the verge of extinction due to climate change. Understanding their importance, Ikea’s research and design lab Space10 has collaborated with technology-driven design studio Bakken and Bæck and product designer Tanita Klein to launch an open source Bee Home.
The home is designed for solitary bees which do not live in hives or produce honey but are prolific pollinators. Inspired by Japanese wood joinery, the Bee Home is carved of multiple storeys with specific hole dimensions and locked together through a spine and key system that maintains the home’s structural integrity while making it easy to assemble and dismantle. It is glue and toxic adhesive free. One can visit the Bee Home website (www.beehome.design) to customise a Bee Home (for free) in size, height and visual expression. The design files are free for downloading too.