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WOW! I have designed my first chair. YOUPI. But it is a very special chair, it is not made for humans but for insects.
Most recently a global scientific review of insect populations has revealed that more than 40% of insect species are declining, a third are endangered, and the total mass of insects is declining by 2.5% per year.’We all have used resources of our dear planet. But it is not a time to cry, it is a time to act.‘Please stand by’ is looking at giving back to nature, especially the wild insects of the cities. By creating these habitats for the wildlife of the city of London, the goal of the project is to help insects to find a refuge, nest and hibernate within the city to protect themselves and find a suitable environment for their needs.With the help of scientists, Robert Francis and Mak Brandon from King’s College London, we have joined forces to create these new homes for insects who are designed and made in an organic and sustainable way.
The pieces are both sculptural, functional and are made out of natural clay (not fired to keep it as much primitive as possible), and then coated by a natural binder to protect them from the weather. The pieces use materials that the insects like and the colours of the materials are as well chosen to reflect what they are attracted to in nature generally.Commissioned by Jane Withers Studio, Brompton Design District and South Kensington Estate.Assistants: Tara Jane Tablet, Pauline Dumas, Chloe Rosette Bell, Barbara Meirelles, Thibault Philip, Camila Jordan, Gaelle Perraud.


The Chair - 103x75x75cm - unfired clay, natural binders, wood.

Grege - 128x26x30cm - unfired clay, natural binders, wood.


The Grave - 108x75x100cm - unfired clay, natural binders, wood.

Black Sheep - 104x27x73cm - unfired clay, natural binders, wood.

©Valentin Russo