- Chris Ferebee
- Prototype "Hive" Shelving Unit
- with artist's signature, numbered 9 and metal plaque
- bent walnut, poplar plywood and aluminum
- 41 1/2 x 48 x 12 1/4 in. (105.4 x 121.9 x 53.9 cm)
“2001 Design Review,” The International Design Magazine, August 2001, p. 132
Doug Ngo and Eric Pfeiffer, Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture, New York, 2003, p. 151
William Weathersby, Jr., “Architect-Designed Furniture,” Architectural Record, March 2003, p. 214
Marcel Wanders, ed., International Design Yearbook, 2005, p. 295
Chris Ferebee has taken a conceptualized approach to functional forms in furniture design. When the three “Hive” modular units are stacked, they achieve a complexity derived from its minimal aesthetic. The result is a work with naturalistic intricacy and purity of fluid form without challenge by decoration.
Designed in 1999, the innovative modular “Hive” shelving unit was recognized with a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2000 and received a Design Distinction Award from International Design Magazine in 2001. This protoype was made in a flawed attempt to mass-produce the "Hive," which did not meet the artist's requirements, and therefore only ten examples of this form were executed. Later editions, entitled “Hive.H2,” are produced by Gubi International.