Industrial designer, Ilshat Garipov, took his homemade DIY cat tower to the people of Reddit. That is when the design of the tower evolved into something else. The cats went from living in a humble cat tower made from wood scraps, to a luxury modular tower complex complete with sheep skin cushions.
I got to talk with Ilshat, and ask him how he came up with the idea and how it evolved from a homemade DIY into a premium designer piece.
Where did you get the idea to build a cat tower?
I built the first cat bed tower for my cats, to help them escape from my little daughter’s importunate attention.
How did you end up building your first cat tower?
It was built out of wood remnants from a repair. I also used a bamboo screen, and the ramps were made out of carpet and wood.
When I built the first prototype, I posted it to Reddit. I got so many positive comments that I decided to design another one.
What happened next?
For the new design I wanted to bring modern and minimalistic design to the cats’ living space and make it kind of an art object for the wall.
So I posted it again on Reddit. I got much more positive feedback that I decided to bring it to the market.
The wall mounted tower comes in a range of colors and includes: 4 modules, 4 sheep skin pillows, and a staircase. For more info visit Catissa. And you can get a 20% discount when you use the coupon “hometreeatlas”.
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