I received an email from Jackson Cunningham of Tuft + Paw regarding a cat bed design contest his company is sponsoring and a request to help spread the word. Visiting the Tuft + Paw website to read more I decided I would love to support this company and the contest.
Their experience at seeing homeless cats treated like pests while on vacation in Colombia in 2015 sent them home with the mission “to provide beautiful, well made furniture for housecats that also serves the homeless and foster cat community”, creating a appropriate environment where cats feel safe and loved. As apartment renters they chose to manufacture “modern cat furniture” with beautiful design and durability, easily assembled and maintained, and equipped with “a 30 day happiness guarantee”.
The company also emphasizes products made from sustainable products ethically sourced and produced so that it’s good for people too, and any animals affected in production.
And best of all, Tuft + Paw offers a 50% discount for products you purchase in order to donate to a shelter, one way to help cats when you can’t foster or volunteer—and the winning design will also be donated to shelters in the U.S.
From their website: We’re looking for a new way to think about furniture that helps cats, humans, and the Earth. Got an idea? Show us your best, and you could win $1,500. Your winning design will be produced in the U.S. and promoted as one of Tuft + Paw’s new flagship products. It will also be donated to shelters across the country.
The winner will be decided before November 30, 2017. Submissions deadline is October 31, 2017.
1. It’s sustainable
As part of Tuft + Paw’s commitment to environmentally responsible products, it must be made of ethically sourced and produced materials that don’t harm our planet.
2. It’s affordable
When your piece goes into production, we want it to be inexpensive enough that any cat owner can have it in his or her home.
3. It’s beautiful
Don’t skimp on style- we want to see something that adds a “wow” factor to modern homes and looks more like it belongs to an interior designer than a Tabby cat. Take a look at our cat beds to see some examples of what we consider beautiful design.
4. It’s easy to ship
We want your design to be our customers’ go-to choice when they donate an item to a shelter. This means it has to be lightweight and easy to ship. Bonus points for collapsible flat-pack shapes.
5. It’s practical
Along with your physical prototype, give us technical drawings that specify exact dimensions and instructions for how it will be produced. Good luck!
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
So ask your kitties what’s missing in their cat beds and get to work!
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