Bast is inspired by Egyptian mythology, mainly the a Goddess that took the form of a cat herself. The furniture system hits the main needs of cats, including a place to scratch and multiple ways to climb. Its compact size is adapted to the increasingly smaller living spaces we inhabit.
The best part about designing furniture for cats is to learn about their behavior. Here are some quick facts:
Cats often feel insecure and love safe and dark spaces to hide in.
Cats love scratching to relieve stress and sharpen their nails.
Cats like to climb high to watch their surroundings.
Along with our research, we were inspired by the Egyptian myth of worshipping cats as exalted creatures. People worshipped Bastet, a Goddess that took the form of a cat.
We started our design stage by defining the model in relation to our Egyptian inspiration, the pyramid. We then took note of the opposite characteristics cats often balance, as they are both wild and tame at the same time. Therefore, we brought the upside down, face-to-face pyramids.
We divided the furniture into three sections: the past, the present, and the future. In the intersection of both of the pyramids, we placed a core to hold and balance the two.
The next step was to add more elements to support the two pyramids functionality by taking and connecting the lines they inherit. Thus, we came up with the two pyramids, the core, and the structural support elements.
We also designed the furniture with a compact size to fit the increasingly smaller living spaces we inhabit. We also integrated the use of pallet boards to maintain the lightweight material and to deduct the budget.
This project was originally created to join the 9 Lives Design Show, a cat furniture design show for Singapore Design Week 2017.
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