Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hexagons in Design

March is my sons birth month, I can't believe he will be turning 10. In honor of my awesome little man I plan to devote few of my posts to his obsessions and interests. To those that have a distaste for insects, creepy crawlies, snakes and squids, I highly advice you take a break from Fresh Quince until next month ;). Although do not worry as I will still continue with my regular postings...can't neglect Fridays Finest posts!

Discovery Channel

Todays post will be about bee hives and design!!! Since my son was 3 he has been in love with insects and every year devotes much of his time to gently trapping, inspecting and releasing all sorts of insects. Needless to say he has been stung by bees so many times, that it doesn't seem to faze him. Because of his interest I became obsessed with insects as well. I especially have a fondness for bees.  Did you know that?...

"Something is killing off almost 40% of North American honeybees each year, and it's threatening our entire food chain. Mounting scientific evidence suggests agricultural pesticides are one of the culprits." slow food usa

Every year I sign a multitude of petitions in trying to solve our bee problem. And what I find interesting is that designers are quite often drawn to the hexagonal shape, which are the building blocks of hives. We all have a natural inclination to use what we see in nature, whether we recognize it or not...

Hicks' Hexagon Wallpaper by Cole & Sons

Hexagon Like Rug

Hexagon (like) Mirror in a vignette styled by Thom Felicia 

Hexagon Links by Joyn Dividers

Hexagon Mirror in The Devil Wears Prada 

Hexagon Mirror Miles Redd

Although many of these images are actually octagons, they still mimic the comb like structures of hives. In Feng Shui, six sided shapes represent longevity, expansiveness and celestial power. Who doesn't want to introduce that into their decor and lives?

Bee on Quince Flower via Home and Garden Webshots

I have always been interested in combining my love for the natural world and design. I feel it is all connected...we are one. To learn more about bees and their current struggle to survive go to the Slow Food USA blog here. Hope this may inspire you to bring nature indoors, but I don't recommend actual bees!!  xx Danielle


  1. Isn't this pattern just fabulous?? Love the drapes!

    Happy Thursday Dear! xo

    Oh, and have you entered the perfume GIVEAWAY yet?

  2. Important as they are I can't say I have warm and fuzzy feelings about bugs. But I certainly can't give up reading Fresh Quince for a month!

    I had not idea about the bee crisis--thanks for educating me on that. Quite scary.

    On a happier note, that gorgeous quince flower is a lovely sign of spring. And the news that you'll be coming to Philly is lovely as well! Hope that it happens.

    Speaking of meeting in person, I have an idea for you regarding The Blogstress Network. Could you email me so we can chat? Thanks.

  3. I had no idea!! Just love how you tied it in with all the fabulous hexagonal design - love all your picks! I find the whole culture of bees fascinating

  4. I will not be giving you up for a month!!!
    Bring it on...I can handle it! Great post..thanks for making us aware....Last yr. a collection of bees made the eaves of our house their home for about 24 hrs...The queen was tired and she stopped at my house and so did the worker bees...I did alot of research on them because of that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great post!! I am allergic to bees, but I love their honey. Especially when they get their nectar from pine trees. Thanks, Charles

  6. I totally have my eye on a hexagon table in a thrift store...Also, just picked some quince from my neighbor's yard (I know, I know, bad me) and it made me think of you!

  7. Thanks for the sweet comments everyone!!!

  8. These are fabulous! I'm loving the gorgeous divider! Enjoy the lovely weekend, Kellie xx

  9. La France is sometimes referred to as l'hexagone. Papy