‘cat-library’ modular bookshelf, designed by corentin dombrecht
created by belgian designer corentin dombrecht, the ‘cat-library’ bookshelf is designed as much for cats
as it is for human users, with a built-in sitting basket at its top and shelves arranged into a cat-sized staircase.
‘cat-library’ filled with books and records
formed from birch wood, the shelf is intentionally unpainted and is not oiled,
as the designer observed that these finishes tend to make the staircase slippery for cat paws.
the top shelf includes a built-in cat basket, either the ‘hi-top’ model for larger animals or ‘lo-top’ for smaller ones.
the modular design of ‘cat-library’ permits the assembly of a range of different bookcases
through the reconfiguration of three basic shelf units.
the piece on display at the stockholm furniture fair 2011
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the bookshelf’s stepped shape provides interesting storage space, but is foremost designed to be easily climbable by cats
one of two different sized cat baskets is built into the top of the shelf