CLIENT: NYC’S FERAL CAT INITIATIVE
DATE: 2010
DETAILS: DESIGN COMPETITION, DESIGN, FABRICATION


Invited to participate in a competition hosted by the Mayor’s Office, Steelcase, and the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, we submitted the winning entry in a competition to design and make a feral cat shelter for charity. Our approach to the project was both whimsical and functional.

Our feral cat shelter addressed the reality of feral cats’ nomadic lives while attempting to provide them with a home that could be seen much in the same light as a garden gnome (1). The shelter happily fit into a garden or vacant lot and brought with it amenities that appeal to feline senses. The shelter door served as beacon, finished brightly in colors recognized as being highly visible to cats (2). The shelter was painted black and entirely made of foam to maximize its thermal capacity during the cold winter months (3). Finally, the shelter came equipped with the ultimate feline sensual appeal...a catnip farm (4).

Project completed as an independent contractor with Tietz-Baccon LLC. This was a collaboration with Darby Foreman.