Trend Watch: The Buzz About Bees

If you’ve picked up a pint of Haagen Dazs lately (and really, who hasn’t?) then you may have noticed that “Haagen Dazs loves Honey Bees!” Well, it seems as though the venerable ice-cream maker is not alone. Ever since Napoleon decided that bees were a hipper alternative the old regime’s stodgy Fleur-de-lis, the bee--that most industrious of insects--has been working overtime in traditional French decor. It hasn’t been until recently, however, that the bee has made its way into the modern mainstream.

We think that Haagen-Dazs’s campaign to save the honey-bees (who are responsible for pollinating a third of our food and are disappearing at an alarming rate) may be responsible for the resurgence in the bee’s popularity. The little buzzers have been popping up everywhere from tabletop knick-knacks to a building in Melbourne, Australia!

Whether your interest in bees is environmental, or just recognition that they are surprisingly cute (for a bug) when printed on a pillow; look for bees to make their way into modern décor in a big way.

What do you think? Would you add bee-inspired décor to your apartment? Take a look at the above images for inspiration.

Shown above, left to right:
1. Besides this cute Specimen Box ($42), Jayson Home and Garden also carries a “Journey of the Bees” candle and “Beehive” plant pot for sale.
2. Kate Spade has no fewer than 20 bee-inspired pieces including jewelry and knit-wear currently available at various locations including this amazing “Royal Court Web Bee” necklace ($345) If this isn’t a statement necklace, then I don’t know what is!
3. Installed by artist Richard Stringer in 2007, this giant bee colony keeps watch over the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.
4. No stranger to punchy motifs, Thomas Paul is at it again with his “Birds and the Bees” pillow ($110). If you have a guest who is squeamish about bugs, a quick flip reveals a friendly and familiar goldfinch. There’s something for everyone!
5. Enjoy Haagen Dazs Vanilla Honey Bee ice-cream and save a bee!

-Bethany Adams

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