Real-Life Human Nests by Animal Farm

Real-Life Human Nests by Animal Farm

Linda Ly
Mar 5, 2012

At Apartment Therapy, we're no strangers to treehouses... but what about real-life human nests? South Africa-based creative consultancy Animal Farm has been rolling out a series of cozy nests since 2009, with the latest project, the Kubu Nest, built with 100% organic materials.

The lightweight Kubu lounger is made from Kubu cane, a traditional weaving cane used for furniture. Its frame and cladding are composed entirely of Kubu cane and a wall to wall cushion inside comfortably fits three adults.

The Kubu is an updated version of the original Weaver's Nest, which was built with a welded steel frame under reed thatching. Crafted from local Port Jackson/Black Wattle alien trees, the Weaver's Nest was modeled after the intricately woven nests of the weaver birds native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Weaver's Nest 2 soon followed. According to designer Porky Hefer (appropriately named for his agency, no?), it was designed for kids and slightly modified to look a little friendlier and less like a "skull." It still features the same rope ladder for access, which can be rolled up and tucked away to keep predators — or grown-ups — from climbing up.

Hefer conceived of the nest when South African design collaborative Southern Guild commissioned the project for the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Since then, Animal Farm has custom-built nests for the daring and curious, who don't mind being suspended up to 10 feet in the air inside their own little bird pod.

Want your own nest to nestle in? Contact Animal Farm for more information. A waterproof overnighter version is reported to be in the works.

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(Images: Animal Farm)

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