Even if you’ve never had a cat in your life, you just need to spend about five minutes on YouTube in order to comprehend how much these animals love their cardboard boxes. But keeping old boxes around the house is a bit messy, so what’s a cat lover to do? Meet the Cat Caravan, an extra-sturdy playhouse for cats inspired by the iconic teardrop caravan. Designed by Merle Busch and Bettina Frohn, the caravan is easy to assemble (no glue required) and offers two playing levels with room for up to three large cats. Two cardboard toys (bird and ball) are included, and it folds flat for easy storage and travel. The box is designed and produced in Britain of 100% recycled cardboard, and is 100% recyclable. Busch and Frohn are currently running a campaign on kickstarter to meet a £6500 goal. A £25 donation earns your cat their own little piece of trailer park heaven. Images courtesy of Cat Caravan.
These laser-cut, cardboard animal puzzles were developed by Japan’s Aki Co., Ltd. through a 3-D manufacturing technique that allows the material to be divided and cut along three axes and reassembled. These adorable creatures, now available in a range of new color options, are part of a line of 3-D objects including mannequins, packaging, and interior furnishings.
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!
As I’m heading to London next month, I’m excited to learn that London’s Design Museum has commissioned former Designer in Residence Giles Miller to design a custom six meter tall cardboard Christmas tree, possibly the tallest in the world, to hang in the museum’s public atrium. Going up on December 2nd, the tree is made of 3,600 individually cut and handmade pieces, resulting in a swirl of three fans of card that will cascade in a spiral like form. It will be adorned with woodland animals, including foxes and squirrels designed by illustrator Daniel Heath. Miller has also produced a range of smaller cardboard Christmas trees, shown here, which will be sold exclusively at the Design Museum Shop. The limited edition trees will sell for £25 (small) and £40 (medium).