Evocative of Christmas ribbon candy, the Curvynest cat tree, a slightly springy piece of furniture, provides four stories of semi-enclosed cubbies, plus an observation deck for the top cat if you have many kitties. Apparently the Curvynest, made of MDF board and PVC fabric, passed muster with the 20 felines on which its Taiwanese maker, CatsWall Designs, tests all its ideas.
French designer Grégoire de Lafforest gives birds a seat at the table with his Cage Archibird. Tensioned stainless-steel cables support the bottom of the cage, with its integrated water dish, while lacquered branches breach the oak tabletop. The sticks that protrude are enclosed in glass bell jars, a cheeky allusion to taxidermy displays. In these clear enclosures, Warner Bro.’s anything-but-bird-brained canary could really taunt the indefatigable Sylvester.
The Puppy Dome
Undoubtedly an improvement over the lumpy pillow your dog calls home, this 13-sided den from Tokyo design firm Natural Slow is called the Kamakura, after the igloo-like snow huts found in northern Japan. The sturdy but lightweight canine quarters are constructed of paulownia wood, named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865). That’s a lineage your best friend would surely be proud to stand behind.
How do you turn the typically unimaginative design of a fishbowl on its side without losing its precious inhabitants? Marc Ange, co-founder of French company Chimère, did so by shifting the air opening of his blown-glass Fish Bowl to the side. The effect is pleasantly unsettling but not calamitous. The snug bowl of oak that cradles the glass lends the design a certain friendliness, and, with those chunky legs, a vague resemblance to Stuart of “Minions” fame.
This rabbit or hamster cage also comes from designer Marc Ange, in collaboration with his friend and partner Frédéric Stouls. Searching for a hutch for his goddaughter’s rabbit, Mr. Stouls found nothing he’d want to live with, so the two devised this oak number, which includes lacquered details and a ceramic bunny head as an ornament. The door opens into a sleeping compartment, and a ramp leads to an elevated platform, for when your pet craves an alternative view of the world.
Appeared in the October 27, 2018, print edition as ‘You Want Me to Live in That?.’