They say an animal chooses you and not the other way around. I had no intentions of getting a pet until my first, and completely unplanned, rescue wound her way into my heart and quite comfortably into my home. Four years later, I have three and these feline overlords rule my house. And as any pet parent will tell you, we tend to dote on them – a lot! From toys overflowing in every corner to fancy timer-based feeding stations to pet furniture, our homes are packed to the rafters. While searching for items that would give them joy but still somehow fit into my home décor, I came up empty. So, with a lot of research, we got our own designs made from a local carpenter. If you face the same problem, you are probably looking for ideas. From the architect’s designs for competitions, exhibitions, and benefits to products by brands, we’ve picked five beauties from around the world to help you create your own pet furniture in India.
Ikea has a wonderful collection of pet furniture titled Lurvig, launched in late 2017. The range, meant for cats and dogs, includes everything from fold-out dog beds and cat cubbies that fit into tiny nooks and bookshelves to toys, slow-feed bowls, and reflective leashes. The stylish designs seamlessly blend into the furniture of your room, with some multi-functional pieces as well. Each piece is carefully designed keeping in mind both you and your pet’s comfort. Our favourite is this cat house which can be hung on the wall or fits into their Kallax shelf unit. It can also be configured with legs to double up as a nightstand.
Founded in 2011, LYCS Architecture is an architectural practice based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. They tapped in on something that all cat parents know – furry felines love to explore tiny spaces. Understanding this fundamental cat behaviour, the practice crafted innovate pieces of furniture like the CATable 1.0 which serves as both a desk for you with a maze of holes and crevices in the table top that is a playground for your cat.
They upped the ante with CATable 2.0, a design of four cubes, each with four different holes and paths carved out. The cubes can be stacked in any way to form a wonderland for cats to explore while doubling as stools, tables, and even shelves.
Collaborating with Base Models, London-based Studio Lisboeta crafted this exquisite creation for BowWow Haus London – an international design competition for the Blue Cross animal charity and the US-based Outdoor Arts Foundation. They observed both canine behaviour and that of the pet parents to come up with a chic, lightweight and portable Travel Kennel that included ‘elements like the snug space, window and feeding bowl designed to keep the dog happy and entertained’. The design was carefully and specifically envisioned to reduce wastage of raw materials, using only four construction grade plywood boards instead of 38.
US-based The Refined Feline was born out of the founders’ own desire to have a home filled with their cat’s necessities that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Their pieces which include everything from cat towers and scratchers to wall hung shelves and cosy beds are easy to maintain, customisable, fun, and work with your existing home décor. We particularly like this discrete cat litter box cabinet. The design neatly fits litter pans of most sizes hidden behind the cabinet doors. A hidden top drawer accommodates all cat litter needs while a side cut out allows access for your cats. The whole cabinet can double up as a console that blends into your room décor.
Designed by award-winning architect Michael Ong, in collaboration with Melbourne-based design studio Pen, The Dog Room displays a minimal aesthetic with clean lines and a modern, streamlined design. The creation, which can be used both indoors and outdoors, is constructed from waterproof plywood pieces that slot into an aluminium frame. Easy to assemble and maintain, this cosy space for pooches adds to the décor of the room.