Made by Bees – Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny – (The Netherlands)


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Kingdom: Animale.


“Libertiny’s “collaboration” with honey bees pushes the boundaries of so-called conventional design by defying mass production and enabling nature to create what would typically be considered a man-made product. Studio Libertiny’s bee vase not only tells the story, but does so in an ecologically derived, natural way that concedes the human manufacturing process to something simpler and more beautiful.

The material comes from flowers as a by-product of bees and in the form of a vase ends up serving flowers on their last journey.

It took 40,000 bees and one week to make a single vase. Not meaning it as a euphamism, we called this process “slow prototyping”. (Libertiny, 2007)

-Libertiny, T., (2007) Made by Bees. Retrieved from
-Photos by Raoul Kramer and the designer.
-Film by Rene van der Hulst.

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Warm
  • Organic
  • Unique
  • Surprising
  • Exclusive
  • Affective
  • Natural Color in Volume

Specific Material Attributes

  • Elegant
  • Translucent
  • Light
  • Flowing
  • Irregular
  • Natural

Basic Ingredients

  • Beeswax mould printed with a honeycomb pattern into a beehive.
  • 40.000 bees


Studio Libertiny | Workshops

Schiestraat 46, 3013 AH Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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