Some of you may remember CATable by LYCS Architecture. Now they have unveiled a new design, series of sculpturesque cubes with small spaces for cats to hide and play in. I love the sheer beauty of these pieces. They not only provide your cat with fun and exercise, but add aesthetic value to your home as well.
The great swissmiss has recently adopted a cat. Whoo-hoo, I say, for I am excited to see many cool and designy cat accessories she will inevitably discover. Here is a very lovely one – Felt Cat Bed from AgnesFelt. Sold here.
French design studio Fabbricabois is the creator of this inventive coffee table that doubles as a pet bed. Comprised of seven pieces of wood, the table is held together via rubber bands, without any glue or fasteners. It ships flat, assembles in minutes and provides a cosy sleeping space for a cat or small dog. What a fun idea! The pet area is lined with the soft washable cushion, and two angled spaces on the side could be used as additional storage.
Cats love boxes, that is the universal truth. Amsterdam based company Poopy Cat embraced the idea, initially by creating their hit cardboard litter box, and now with the new line of cat playware. BLOCKS is a successfully funded Kickstarter project that goes into production in March. The principle is simple and brilliant: the BLOCKS package consists of two beams, two cubes, tunnel, bridge, slide and two types of connectors. It is light yet sturdy and can withstand any cat. The modularity of the design allows you to adjust it to your space constraints and your cat’s preferences. The boxes are made from recycled and biodegradable cardboard, easy on the wallet and the environment alike.
A cat lady in me is very excited by this initiative. More than 12 Los-Angeles architecture practices participated in a one-night-only exhibition event to raise money for animal charity FixNation. The exhibit was titled Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” and consisted of cat houses of every shape or form. Some of these creations look pretty obscure, but some could be an attractive and fun cat home/playground. Read more about the fundraiser here.
Since we are on the subject of pet accessories, here is another cool item that caught my eye – Indiana Jones Cat Bridge. Designed by Portland, Oregon-based couple, Mike and Megan Wilson, the piece was first produced in a single edition for their own cats. As the demand grew, Mike and Megan extended their line of cat furniture and turned it into a full-time gig, called CatastrophiCreations. What I love about this particular item is that it utilizes a door frame. No matter how tiny the space is, everyone has a door…
Petly is an automatic pet feeder, that makes a lot of sense for the busy urban folk. Designed by Japanese studio Rinn, Petly dispenses pet food at specified times, so your furry companion can have an independent meal schedule, no matter what life throughs at you. Good for your peace of mind and your apartment – the piece is minimalist enough to blend with any decor. Watch the video after the break for more details.
I rememver mentioning Catissa on this blog when it was still a prototype project. It is great to see it now in its full market glory. This modular tower allows you to elevate your cat from the floor (and your furniture), and give her an attractive place for lounging, privacy and reflection. Without messing up the design of your pad! The piece now comes in more colors and features a luxurious sheepskin cushion in every module.
I’m always on the lookout for stylish pet furniture, and this cat house is quite a looker. Made from birch wood, it is open-aired and light. I also like the humorous aspect of it – a cat furniture piece that looks like a big fish. Restores the power balance in the pet hierarchy. The piece is designed by Korean designer Sang Nam-Park and available for purchase here.
Now here is an idea generated by someone who knows what cats love. The Krabhuis (Dutch for scratch house) combines in itself several major hits – cardboard, scratchy surfaces, peek-a-boo holes, and privacy. All this makes the Krabhuis an universal cat furniture for play and rest. And from the human perspective – it is quite an attractive object that while delighting your cat won’t compromise the overall style of the house. The piece is made from environmentally friendly 90% recycled material that consists of 48 layers of duofold cardboard.