William Rollins and Brendan Sowersby, founders of the L.A. design firm 100Xbetter, have launched a gallery show exploring the latest buzz in city farming: For "Under the Sun" at the Jai & Jai gallery in Chinatown, the design duo produced work inspired by honeybees, including their variation on the stacked box beehive.
"We burned the wood with a torch to sterilize it, but that isn't necessary," said Sowersby, who noted that the Douglas fir and other materials for hives can be purchased at any home improvement store. (The exception: wine corks in the side of the structure.) He said plans for the design will be made available as a free download on 100Xbetter's website. Built hives will also be sold for $250.
The Jai & Jai exhibition showcases other Sowersby and Rollins work from the last two years. "It includes more traditional furniture and lighting alongside pieces that further explore our interest in highly designed urban agriculture pieces," Sowersby said. "Everything is designed to be produced efficiently to support a resilient local community."
The centerpiece of the show is a conceptual display: jars of honey from beekeepers in various ZIP codes throughout Southern California.