This cleverly named piece of feline furniture is the creation of Portland, Oregon–based Mike Estes. Even the snobbiest cat on the block (oh, you know who you are Mr. Jingles) will be impressed by the Sky Scratcher, a 37”-high cat scratching post made from more than 125 recycled corrugated cardboard die-cut pads and a FSC-certified bamboo plywood base and center pole. Each cardboard pad is removable from the center post, allowing you to replace and recycle pads that wear out. Estes is currently raising funding at Kickstarter to be able to bring the product to market and only has one week left to meet his goal of $7000. Check out his site and see if his pledge gifts (organic cat nip oil, screen printed t-shirts) entice you to make a donation. Good luck Mike!
Made of 12-guage steel and powder coated for durability, the pieces from the metal fabrication and design studio These Creatures are tougher than they look. Run by the brother/sister team of Andrew Finkel (out of Seattle) and Amy Finkel (out of Brooklyn) the line includes bookends, wall hooks, ergonomically designed feeders, and other items in a range of six colors. The Finkels not only love putting animals on their products — everyone at their company is personally involved in animal rescue and a percentage of the profits support animal rescue groups.
Birds who prefer sitting on the statues in MoMA’s courtyard to hanging out on the steps of the Met will enjoy their breakfast perched on the new Bird Cafe feeder designed by Teddy Luong and Dennis Cheng for Umbra. Available in stores in July for $25.00, Bird Cafe includes a lid for top loading, “windows” that help you keep an eye on the food level, and easy access to the seed on the bottom for the birds. If your fish get jealous easily, don’t worry, they can stay in Umbra’s Fish Hotel, also designed by Luong.
Handcrafted in the U.K., nogg is intended to appeal to domestic farmers who can afford to keep their chickens in something more stylish than a wooden box. When I first saw this egg-shaped chicken coop, I had a serious discussion with my husband about the feasibility of raising chickens in our New Jersey backyard — but we decided we couldn’t tolerate moving them into our basement for the winter. What’s great about the nogg though, is that you can almost justify getting it just for its sculptural form alone; the chickens can come later. Built to house two to four chickens, nogg is handcrafted in batches of 20 from sustainably sourced cedar. A collaboration between furniture designer Matthew Hayward and creative director Nadia Turan, this chicken casa is fox-proof, offers easy access to the removable base tray inside, and sports a glass roof that twists and lifts for easy ventilation. At nearly 2000 british pounds including VAT (over $3000), nogg is certainly a luxury (and one that animals are going to poop on after all), but think about it …