A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models. O*GE CreativeGroup has created a kid-themed version; a no-brainer given that bird nests are for raising wee ones. It’s round in shape and huge—perfect for slumber parties. Dedon makes two hanging versions: one with a teardrop shape, and another that resembles a flying saucer, which comes with an optional mosquito screen. For a handmade human bed-nest constructed with all-natural materials, check out the designs by South African artist Porky Hefer. To complete your nest-inspired bedroom set, you may want to consider the nest chair by designer Emily Pilloton.
Not surprisingly there have been many attempts to expand the nest concept beyond a bed to encompass larger human habitats. One humble version is the “spirit nest“ treehouse by Jayson Fann in Big Sur, California. Made from locally-harvested eucalyptus branches, these nests aren’t meant for full-time living so much as providing an enchanting garden retreat. If you’re traveling in Sweden, however, you can stop over for a night at the Tree Hotel. Whether in rain, sleet or snow this fantastical perch sleeps two adults and two children in ultra-modern comfort. Designed by the Swedish firm Inrednin Gsgruppen, it is just one of many rooms available in the boutique hotel, all of which are suspended in the trees, though not all are nest-shaped.