IKEA Is Encouraging People To Build Their Own Customized Bee Home For Free

Just about a week ago, on the 20th of May, was marked World Bee Day, conservationists and scientists are aiming to raise awareness on this day on the vital role of bees, and what we can do to stop further harming of them.

Bees, together with other pollinators, are an essential part of our ecosystem, responsible for about a third of the food we eat. Unfortunately, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

So to celebrate this day, IKEA has launched Bee Home in its external innovation hub called SPACE10. Created in collaboration with Bakken & Bæck (which was recently named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2020 by Fast Company) and designer Tanita Klein, the goal of the project is to enable people from all corners of the world to design and download a Bee Home for free to take action in preserving bees.

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As the UN explains it in its website, bees not only have been endangered due to human impact, climate change, and invasive species but lately also due to COVID-19. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable impact on the beekeeping sector affecting the production, the market, and as a consequence, the livelihoods of beekeepers. This year, World Bee Day focused on bee production and good practices adopted by beekeepers to support their livelihoods and deliver good quality products.

For this reason, with the new Bee Home project, SPACE10 aims to make it easy for people to take action locally. So after teaming up with Bakken & Bæck and designer Tanita Klein, together they launched an open-source Bee Home.

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Bee Home is a free, open-source design, marking a new era of democratic design for IKEA. “With a design that is flexible and accessible through open-source design principles, everyone everywhere is empowered to design and fabricate their own Bee Home locally,” the creatives behind the project explained.

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90% of all bees are, in fact, solitary bees, which means that they live alone and not in colonies. Known for being great pollinators, one solitary bee can provide as much pollination as 120 honeybees! Since they don’t live in complex hives, all they need are small holes that protect them from moisture and weather, where they can store pollen and lay eggs.

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To encourage people to take action locally by preserving solitary bees, the Bee Home project makes it easy for anyone to design a lovely home for this essential species. In just 3 easy steps, users can create their own bee home in almost no time. All you have to do is select size, visual style, and desired placement, whether that’d bee your balcony, rooftop, or garden.

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After finishing, you can download your personalized design files for free, together with easy instructions on how to build your bee home. After downloading the design files, the user can forward them to their local CNC machine-owner, where it can be built using digital fabrication. The last step is placing your bee home and then planting some flowers for the insects to pollinate.

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“I want people to design a dream home for bees that provides the perfect environment for their offspring, while at the same time being incredibly easy to design, assemble, and place, designer Tanita Klein explained. “It was important for me that Bee Home is aesthetically pleasing and almost feels like you’ve added a sculpture to your garden or your balcony. This project really exemplifies how design can do good for both people and their environment.”

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For those who are afraid of the bees, no need to worry—solitary bees are friendly. Since they don’t produce honey, the buzzing insects have nothing to protect, while the males don’t even have a sting. In addition to this, no maintenance of the bee house is required besides a quick cleaning every third year. “In fact, once you put it up, you should just leave it be,” the Bee Home creatives advised.

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Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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