To complement today’s earlier post in which I recommend eco-friendly dog beds for President-elect Obama’s Labradoodle (or Portuguese water dog?), here’s something on feline furniture. I’m not sure if there will be a first feline (remember Socks Clinton?) residing in the White House, but in any case I think Elizabeth Paige Smith’s Kittypod would look stunning in the Treaty Room or the Lincoln Bedroom. Okay, okay, a stretch, I know, given that the White House chambers veer towards the ornate, but it would be quite the juxtaposition.

The Kittypod, a truly unique creation from celebrated Californian designer Smith, is made from mostly recycled corrugated cardboard and acts as both an object d’art and object de scratch n’ nest. The egg-shaped pod fits cats of all sizes and once Mr. Peepers has tired of it (or destroyed it), it’s completely recyclable. But with a price tag of around $320, I’d hope the Kittypod stays around for the long haul.

In addition to the original pod, Smith has designed a Couchette, Prrrounge, Kittypod Mini, and an interactive sculpture, the Birdy.


Find the Kittypod @ Design PublicVelocity Art and Design (take 15 percent off through January 21st), and Vivai (check out MNN's video profile of this great store in NYC), and other retailers.  

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.