As cute and cuddly as cats are, they can be disruptive when they want to hang out and you need to work. With the help of Chinese architect and designer Ruan Hao and his new CATable, which he designed for Hangzhou and Hong Kong-based architecture firm LYCS, busy humans and bored cats may finally be able to coexist peacefully.
We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece of trash to be thrown away. Good design isn’t just about the product – it’s about good packaging as well. These 30 ingenious packaging designs, however, prove that a well-designed package can complement or even enhance the product it was designed to carry.
When selling a product, its design is one of the most important aspects of its marketability. However, just as important, if not more so, is making sure that your product and your consumers’ shopping experience is memorable – and one excellent way to do this is with brilliantly designed shopping bags like these.
People will always find a way to make their cats even more embarrassed and adorable than ever before. For maximum cuteness, just stuff your cat into this cozy and cute-looking burger bun cat bed. It seems like the burger bed saw its first hint at internet fame after it was “reviewed” by Maru, the Japanese celebrity cat who had previously gone viral for his playful manner and box-related antics.
British artist and designer Benjamin Shine has come up with a simple and elegant improvement re-design for the common candle holder that allows candles to last at least twice as long. The melted wax from the candle on Shine’s Rekindle candle holder all flows into the holder’s hollow stalk, which has a second wick running along its length. The wax accumulates around the wick and hardens, forming a second candle.
Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has potentially created the next futuristic iteration of the door. If automatic sliding doors and revolving doors are just too 20th century for you, he has a folding door with triangular segments for the futuristically inclined. Torggler’s door seems elegant and graceful, folding on itself like an origami sculpture.
The Midnight Planétarium is an incredible feat of engineering, design and artistic craftsmanship. Besides showing the time, this watch also accurately displays the movement of 6 planets in our solar system as they orbit the Sun. The watch took 396 pieces and 3 whole years of work to complete so, along with the precious stones dotting its surface, the $245,000 price tag comes as no surprise. However, one can always dream!
German design company Goldtatze (Goldpaw) specializes in creating overhead playgrounds and walkways for cats. The company’s complex playgrounds feature long scratch posts, descending ramps, rope bridges, platforms and other structures perfectly suited for a cat’s acrobatics. As most cat owners know, a setup like this is much preferred to a tree, which cats might be able to climb but may have trouble getting out of.
German artist Evelyn Bracklow has created a beautiful, traditional set of antique-style porcelain called “Chitins Gloss” with an unexpectedly playful twist – it looks like it’s crawling with an army of ants. Fortunately, the ants are fake – each was painstakingly hand-painted by Bracklow to ensure that they look as realistic as possible. It’s a fun but strange work – the seemingly crawling ants contrast heavily with the immaculately and gracefully crafted porcelain.
Israel-based shoe designer Kobi Levi combines functionality and comfort with striking and artistic designs. The highly-talented designer has a unique gift for designing artistic and funny yet very elegant-looking heels that make the women wearing them feel graceful. Mimicking different objects, animals and birds, these shoes are made by hand from high-quality materials.
Studio Total, a famous Swedish marketing agency, has come up with the perfect way to update the concept of sword into plowshares for the modern era. Their Flower Shell shotgun shells repurpose the 12-gauge shotgun from a destructive tool to a life-giving and creative one. The product’s message is about as strong as its blast – why destroy when you can just as easily create?
The holidays are upon us – the smell of cinnamon spice is in the air, we’re surrounded by glittering Christmas decorations, and the entire Internet is either writing or reading posts about gift ideas. To stand out, we’ve created a collection of cool gifts just for you, the cat lovers of the internet. Judging by the popularity of cats on the Internet, either you or somebody you know is most probably a cat person. So do them (or yourself) a favor this season by checking out some of these awesome cat-related gifts.