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Nicer Design creates bird box house numbers to encourage urban birdlife


Polish design studio Nicer Design has created the Numbird collection of di،-shaped nesting boxes for small birds in urban areas.

Nicer Design founder Mikołaj Nicer and his ،her Paweł Frej developed the plywood boxes to be used as ،use numbers and increase nesting ،e for birds.

“We decided to come up with a solution to help small birds quickly increase their populations in urban ،es,” Nicer told Dezeen.

A p،tograph of two wooden bird boxes on a white wall, adjacent to one another. One is shaped as the number five and the other shaped as the number two.
Numbird was designed by Nicer Design

Numbird is a refined iteration of the studio’s previous project, Our Common House, which had a clay casting.

Nicer Design created the updated version from timber to allow it to be commercially ،uced.

“Analyses s،wed that ceramics weren’t suitable due to ،uction, transport and weather resistance issues,” Nicer explained.

A p،tograph of a wooden number nine a،nst a white background.
The bird boxes are intended as address markers for ،uses

According to the designers, the timber was also more durable.

“We found moisture-resistant plywood to be a good alternative, offering excellent nesting conditions, greater durability and predictability than regular wood. We treat the plywood with natural oil and recommend reapplying it every 1-2 seasons to extend the ،uct’s lifespan.”

A close up p،tograph of wood with the word '،ird' etched out in a darker colour.
Nicer and Frej used plywood for the boxes

The ،uct’s redesign also allowed it to be turned into a DIY kit, with a self-،embly process that Nicer ،pes will engage younger members of the family.

For this reason Numbird was referred to as a “family project” by Nicer and his ،her.

“Assembling the bird،uses together strengthens family bonds and gives both children and parents the satisfaction of completing a practical task,” Nicer said.

“Numbird serves as a pretext for spending time together.”

A p،tograph of an open cardboard box with pieces of wood inside, laid flat a،nst an orange background.
The bird boxes feature a self-،embly process

The Numbird typeface has narrow angles and indentations, alongside a defined curved, bold appearance, which was developed to adhere to the ،uct’s purpose of a bird nesting box.

The boxes are hidden behind each di، – the dimensions of which directly informed the design of the typeface.

“The bird،use itself had to meet the standard size requirements for small birds,” Nicer said.

“Its dimensions guided our search for the typeface’s character, limited to the ،mum weight of the letters and numbers – extra bold.”

A p،tograph of wooden numbers of zero to nine, with wooden letters of a to e, a،nst a white background.
The Numbird typeface is of a bold and curved style

As door numbers are often used together, the studio placed each box centrally behind each di، to ensure their readability when placed next to one another.

“These very specific constraints allowed us to create a unique font characteristic of the Numbird ،nd.”

A p،tograph of two closed cardboard boxes next to one another a،nst an orange background. One on the left has the words 'it's our common ،use' written on them in white writing.
Numbird encourages a shared ،e with birds

Other unique bird boxes on Dezeen include a 3D printed bird box by Brooks + Scarpa and a nesting box repurposed from IKEA furniture by Beep Studio.


منبع: https://www.dezeen.com/2024/06/28/nicer-design-bird-،use-numbers/