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French designer Marlène Huissoud asks humans to "Please Stand By" with her first chairs, which are designed to be refuges for insects.

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French designer Marlène Huissoud asks humans to "Please Stand By" with her first chairs, which are designed to be refuges for insects.

Called Please Stand By, the project comprises a series of chairs, or "hotels", for pollinators such as solitary bees, wasps and butterflies. Each sculptural object has been made from a combination of nature-friendly materials such as unfired clay, natural binders and wood, and is perforated with holes that measure five to 10 centimetres deep to host the insects. According to the designer, a recent global scientific review of insect populations showed that more than 40 per cent of insect species are declining, a third are endangered, and the total mass of insects is declining by 2.5 per cent each year....

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