bee9designshop

Unique furniture that actively improves life

Wakefield, England

Announcement    ** Due to high demand and delays caused by the pandemic, our current lead has temporarily been increased to 10-12 weeks for all new furniture orders, not including accessories. The lead time for existing orders has also been increased by 2-4 weeks, we will be contacting all customers affected by this personally with an up to date scheduled delivery date. **

When Bee9 Design was founded, it was on the idea of creating unique furniture that actively improves life. That meant raw materials, real craftsmen, and a commitment to trying new ideas without sacrificing quality. Bee9 Design furniture isn’t mass-produced; every new design is a result of months of work, all in service of creating furniture and accessories that enhance daily life.

If you would like to customise one of the products or have a specific idea in mind please get in touch, we look forward to working with you!

Browse and order samples of our exciting range of innovative materials and surfaces, each of which can be used to customise a variety of our products to your exact taste. We’re always on the lookout for unique materials; choosing colours, patterns, and effects that complement the clean, uninterrupted surfaces of our minimalist design philosophy.

With a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks, your furniture is created as a labour of love. There’s no assembly-line setup in our workshop, and when we select materials, design our pieces, and construct your furniture, it all happens under the same roof.

Announcement

Last updated on 12 May, 2021

** Due to high demand and delays caused by the pandemic, our current lead has temporarily been increased to 10-12 weeks for all new furniture orders, not including accessories. The lead time for existing orders has also been increased by 2-4 weeks, we will be contacting all customers affected by this personally with an up to date scheduled delivery date. **

When Bee9 Design was founded, it was on the idea of creating unique furniture that actively improves life. That meant raw materials, real craftsmen, and a commitment to trying new ideas without sacrificing quality. Bee9 Design furniture isn’t mass-produced; every new design is a result of months of work, all in service of creating furniture and accessories that enhance daily life.

If you would like to customise one of the products or have a specific idea in mind please get in touch, we look forward to working with you!

Browse and order samples of our exciting range of innovative materials and surfaces, each of which can be used to customise a variety of our products to your exact taste. We’re always on the lookout for unique materials; choosing colours, patterns, and effects that complement the clean, uninterrupted surfaces of our minimalist design philosophy.

With a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks, your furniture is created as a labour of love. There’s no assembly-line setup in our workshop, and when we select materials, design our pieces, and construct your furniture, it all happens under the same roof.

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Unique furniture that actively improves life

The Bee9 Principles of Design

When Bee9 Design was founded, it was on the idea of creating unique furniture that actively improves life. That meant raw materials, real craftsmen, and a commitment to trying new ideas without sacrificing quality. Bee9 Design furniture isn’t mass-produced; every new design is a result of months of work, all in service of creating furniture and accessories that enhance daily life.

To ensure that we never forget that ethos, we have enshrined 9 principles of design into how we do business. When we imagine new pieces, when we seek out new materials, when we start work every day, these are the qualities we strive to embody.

1. Functionality
Every piece of furniture we make begins with the question of what problem it will solve - how it will be used, the space it will appear in, the way it complements comfort and ease of use. That’s what really matters to our customers, and that’s what really matters to us.

Set out to make a desk and you’ll make a desk, but consider what it’s actually used for, how to make best use of the available space, and how the latest technology has changed the way we work, and suddenly you’re able to make the desk that makes a difference.

2. Simplicity
Once you understand function, you’re in the right place to start cutting away the unnecessary. Great design is about creating an object that perfectly suits its key functions, and a big part of that process is clearing away the unnecessary so that what really matters can shine.

We infuse simplicity into our work at every juncture, from drawing up designs to choosing materials. An example of this is our signature use of birch plywood. As part of our commitment to stripping away the unnecessary, we make a feature of plywood and other essential materials, aiming for a raw, tactile experience which we like to call ‘industrial honesty’. Freed from the inessential clutter of outdated design, it’s not difficult to make these vital materials beautiful.

3. Curiosity
If it sounds like we look at things in a different way to other furniture makers, you can thank our background. Bee9 Design began from a design background rather than an investment in traditional furniture making, meaning we’re perfectly placed to question the fundamental assumptions that others take for granted. Instead of tweaking how things have always been done, we find better ways to do them that no-one else has considered.

4. Compatibility
One area where curiosity serves us well is in facilitating the marriage of furniture and technology. Modern households are more different than they’ve ever been, with electronics and the internet changing how technology exists within the home. Old designs don’t account for electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones – devices which are rapidly changing the way we work and live.

Modern technology is too influential to be an afterthought when designing furniture, and so we’re always exploring our products’ compatibility not just with technology, but with how technology is actually used.

5. Customisability
Just as considering technology is a vital aspect of considering function, so is considering customisation a necessity when creating the best piece of furniture for your home. Rather than simply offering a few different options, we design our furniture – and especially our storage units – with customisability as a core consideration.

But customisability isn’t just about choice, it’s about purpose. A great shelving unit should hide what you want to store away, showcase what you want to show off, and never require you to compromise what goes where. In this way, our ability to customise our furniture and create bespoke pieces for your home is inseparable from our other principles of Bee9 Design.


6. Artisanry
We don’t make a secret of the fact that we love what we do. We are a small, close-knit team based in Yorkshire, England. All our furniture and accessories are made to order and, wherever possible, a single member of the team handles each project from start to finish.

With a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks, your furniture is created as a labour of love. There’s no assembly-line setup in our workshop, and when we select materials, design our pieces, and construct your furniture, it all happens under the same roof.

7. Ecology
The ‘Bee’ in Bee9 Design is a nod to the simple but incredibly durable structure of a beehive. When your aim is to take raw materials and pursue perfect functionality, nature is the best teacher, and whether we’re choosing natural hard wax oil over lacquer or using organic surfaces to incorporate natural materials like flowers, leaves, and cork into our designs, we’re always learning.

Having benefitted so much from nature, it’s only fair we give back, and Bee9 Design is committed to environmentally conscious practices, including using sustainable materials and offsetting the carbon impact of our shipping.

8. Universality
In pursuing simplicity and functionality, we’ve found certain unique approaches that transcend changeable trends, but that doesn’t mean we’re blind to style. Having studied design from around the world, we feel a particular kinship with Japanese essentialism and minimalist Scandinavian design.

Not being bound to any one style, we have arrived at a unique but consistent design aesthetic which is recognisable in its own right. When you use great materials and ask the right questions, the result neither fades into the background nor overpowers a room.

9. Originality
The best thing about our design principles is that while they hold us to a high standard, they also allow for ceaseless experimentation and invention. In pursuing design solutions, we constantly return to the blank page and ask questions where most would assume answers.

From the drawing board in the studio to the workbench in the workshop, there’s no such thing as a Bee9 Design product that didn’t excite and engage our designer makers every step of the way, that’s what drives us to re-examine old assumptions and keep reaching for better.

Bespoke and customisable pieces are a big part of our business because everything we make is already unique. We are continuously looking for interesting challenges waiting to be created and new combinations which haven’t been put together yet.

Shop members

  • Adam Denney

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    We look at things in a different way to other furniture makers, thanks to our design background we question the fundamental assumptions that others take for granted

Production partners

  • Northern Made

    Wakefield, England

    Inspired by northern European design and manufactured in the north of England. Northern Made is a producer of premium furniture in collaboration with local manufacturers.

Shop policies

Last updated on 19 February, 2021
Our furniture is made to last for generations, making it takes time and is a process that we throughly enjoy. Sometimes it can take longer than expected and some delays are inevitable. Therefore we have put down some ground rules to clarify how we work and so you know what to expect when placing an order.

Lead times are an estimate of manufacturing time and can be extended depending on how busy we are. To get a more accurate estimate please contact us.

Delivery usually takes place within 7 working days after completion. Shipping is via a direct courier for domestic orders and via air freight for international orders. A notification will be sent prior to shipping with further details.

Guaranteed delivery within the manufacturing lead time is available at a fixed price and is based on the size and complexity of the product. Please choose the option for guaranteed delivery when placing the order.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Please note that as our products are made to order, they cannot be returned unless faulty.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Please contact us by email within 3 working days if goods arrive damaged or faulty.

Where a return has been agreed with us and the item cannot be replaced, the original cost will be either refunded or credited to your account at our discretion. The cost of returning a faulty or damaged item to us will also be reimbursed.
Payment
We accept card payments, Paypal and cheques in the post. Please note, the lead time for made to order products will start once we have received the cleared payment.
Delivery
Please check the delivery prices for your address on each product listing.

Once your order is dispatched, we will provide you with an email confirmation of order shipment along with tracking information.

To ensure furniture is safe in transit, Domestic delivery is via a personal courier service and International delivery is via airfreight and is shipped in a padded wooden crate.

Domestic Shipping:
0 kg + (1-2 Weeks)
£3.00
10 kg + (2-3 Weeks)
£10.00
20 kg + ( 8-10 Weeks)
£35.00
70 kg + (8-10 Weeks)
£50.00
100 kg + (8-10 Weeks)
£75.00

International Shipping:
0 kg + (1-2 Weeks)
£5.00
10 kg + (2-3 Weeks)
£15.00
20 kg + ( 8-10 Weeks)
£75.00
70 kg + (8-10 Weeks)
£100.00
100 kg + (8-10 Weeks)
£150.00
Additional policies and FAQs
For custom orders please don't hesitate to get in touch. We can adjust sizes, apply alternative finishes and make bespoke designs that you have in mind.

For further information please visit our website bee9.co.uk
Visit us at our workshop/studio to see work in progress or to discuss ideas over a cup of tea.

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