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.
This beautifully simple self-watering planter makes a lot of sense. Created by Boskke, the piece features an in-built reservoir and a “slo-flo” internal irrigation system that supplies plants with up to 4 weeks of moisture. The body of the pot is made of clear plastic, so you can witness the growing process. And also see when the water level is low. Neat. Available for purchase here.
If you’re tired of looking for your remote all the time, consider this – Kangaroo cushion from Objected Systems. One side of the cushion is equipped with beautiful wallet-like sleeve pockets. You can use them for your remotes, papers, magazines, notepads, you name it. A perfect way to keep everything, including your couch, organized.
Here is a simple and brilliant idea: instead of cumbersome and energy draining night lights, plugged into your outlets – how about an elegant discrete light, coming from the outlet itself. The SnapRays outlet cover by SnapPower has LED lights imbedded into its bottom edge. Two power extractors inside the cover snap around the electrical outlet receptacle making contact with the screws located on the side of the outlet to draw power. Simple and energy efficient! The light sensor detects when the light is needed and turns it on. Watch the video after the break to see the SnapRays in action. Available for purchase 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.
Wondering how to tame the constant overflow of small objects on your desk? The .Org Deskscape System by Seattle-based company Ladies & Gentlemen Studio appears to be a great solution for that. The set comes with 4 different components with each module designed be tiled together to create a tidy desk landscape that can be configured in various ways. The modularity of the system is especially useful if your desk space is limited. The pieces are constructed of solid wood, cork, and metal. Each module is crafted in small batches in the USA and finished with natural danish oil.
Urban gardeners out there will appreciate this little product. Cynara by Italian studio Bulbo is a small adjustable light that enhances growth of your plants. Fitted with LED and incredibly energy-efficient (7 watt, as the router of the wifi), the lamp features a terracotta lampshade and an aluminum rode that can be placed directly into your planter. You can also hang Cynara over your plants via its cord. Simple and brilliant.