The Cabin Original Concept, Anna Malakhova

There is a story behind every new product launch, and the story behind our new Cabin is one we feel is especially share-worthy!  

The Concept     

In 2019 our small team began brainstorming ideas for a fresh, new house design. After looking through our small pile of poorly drawn sketches, we decided a new approach was necessary. So we enlisted the help of a class of students at Northwest College of Art & Design (NCAD).

Dave Hunter, Founder of Crown Bees, first taught the design class all about solitary bees - the resources bees need to survive, bee-safe nesting materials, and key features we wanted to include in the new design. 

NCAD tailors its programs to provide the skills needed to succeed in a career in the creative industries. So to give the students some real-world career experience, we asked the students to create and submit their proposals, and the winning design would head to our manufacturers to be built and sold on the Crown Bees website.

3D design student, Anna Malakhova, had the winning design.

Final Proposal - Anna Malakhova

When asked about the inspiration behind her design, Anna said she wanted to capture the cozy nostalgia of her childhood cabin. She hopes others will get the same rustic feeling from this simple homage to nature while also enhancing their bee-raising experience. 

Anna is passionate about 3D design and hopes to make it her career after she graduates from NCAD. While open to work in many different fields, Anna told us she is grateful for the design experience and proud to have contributed to such a meaningful environmental cause.

Thank you, Anna! We are grateful for your thoughtful design!  

Anna Malakhova with Cabin Bee House

The Cabin 

The cabin features:

  • Twin hatchery drawers in the attic to keep your cocoons safe from sun, wind, rain, and predators. 
  • Removable centerpieces to allow space for your favorite nesting materials. The Cabin is configurable, allowing it to fit natural reeds, cardboard tubes, wood trays, or a mixture of all three!
  • The Cabin is lightweight yet large enough to hold up to 130 BeeTubes, 130 BeeTubes with Inserts, 110 Large Natural Reeds, 48-hole Spring Mason Bee wood tray, or 78-hole Summer Leafcutter Bee wood tray.