Domestic animals are increasingly becoming a design issue. Their lifestyle evolves along with the lifestyles and consumer patterns of their owners, a considerable number of people. Like them, their pets live, eat, travel, play etc. – the knock-on effect of which is that people who live with animals are seeking “pet-specific” interior solutions that also live up to their own aesthetic and qualitative standards.
Architects, designers and interior design brands, for their part, have started to produce furnishing pieces and design solutions geared to those who share their homes with four-legged occupants. Furniture and furnishings are becoming cat or dog friendly, catering to the needs of both people and animals, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and good to look at.
The fact that the needs of cats and dogs are being taken on board is evidenced by the growing number of design and interior design studios catering for this particular market niche, who are specialising in producing furnishings and accessories for demanding cat and dog owners seeking happy and reciprocally gratifying cohabitation.
Taipei-based agency Thinking Design (http://www.thinkingdesign.com.tw/) has designed an apartment geared not just to people but also to their feline cohabitees. The shelving system/bookcase in particular was designed to bring out cats’ “explorative” nature, with ramps and a variety of different levels just perfect for climbing and jumping on and off. The design also provides for areas where cats can sharpen their claws without ruining furniture or sofas, and hidey-holes such as the cubby hole behind a door featuring a paw-shaped cut-out, where they can nap in peace.