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Little Arena Pet Pod – Stylish, Affordable Cat Den/Bed Combo

little arena pet pod red- modern cat bed/den combo

The Little Arena Pet Pod by Taiwanese pet design company, Ibiyaya, is a cat den/bed combo available in three contemporary colours.  During the winter months your cat will love to watch the world go by from the cosy interior of the Pet Pod den.  But come summer, when even the most determined heat-seeking moggy may appreciate some extra ventilation, the Pet Pod can be easily converted into an open cat bed by unzipping the top.

llittle arena pet pod - modern cat bed/den combo

The cat-savvy designers of the Pet Pod have provided a nice, wide entrance, which gives panoramic views of the surrounding area – important for nervous cats who like to be able to see what’s going on around them, and for multi-cat households where ambushing can be a problem.  The Pet Pod also has three holes at the rear, which provide both extra ventilation and ample opportunities to survey human servants for signs of weakness that can be exploited to further the ongoing feline quest for World Domination.

little arena pet pod blue - modern cat bed/den combo

The Little Arena Pet Pod is made from waterproof EVA foam, with a wipe-clean cover, and comes with a comfy fleece cushion.  Measurements: W52cm x H30cm (there’s no depth measurement provided).

The Little Arena Pet Pod is available in the UK from Pet Planet, and is currently on offer for £29.99 (RRP £39.99).

Eek!  An imposter!

little arena pet pod green - modern cat bed/den combo

Super-stylish & Robust Cardboard Scratcher/Lounger Combos by myKotty

lui modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by myKotty - white

If you’re looking for some robust yet stylish cardboard cat furniture, these scratch/lounger combos, from Polish company myKotty, will be right up your street.  The simple design and sleek curves of the LUI (above) and its smaller cousin, the VIGO, will blend seamlessly into modern interiors, and both pieces are reversible, so will be very durable too.

vigo modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by mykotty - natural

lui modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by myKotty - natural

Both the LUI and the VIGO have a large scratching surface for your cat to really get their claws into, and also double up as a raised lounger – which will come in handy for a good snooze after all that exertion.

lui modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by myKotty - black

vigo modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by mykotty - black

The LUI and the VIGO have three colour options – black, white and natural cardboard.  Measurements: LUI – L75cm x H26cm x xW26cm; VIGO – L71cm x H21cm x W23cm.

vigo modern cardboard scratcher/lounger by mykotty - white

These modern scratcher/loungers are available in the UK from Specially4Cats, priced at £39.90 for the LUI and £37.90 for the VIGO (prices include free UK delivery).

Modern Cat Furniture – New from Julinka

modern cat furniture HIDE'N'SEEK by julinka

I love the Hush Hush, a beautifully stylish litter tray hider/cabinet by Julinka, so I’m delighted that the ecologically-minded German company have now added a den and a cat tree to their range of designer modern cat furniture. Continue reading

25% Discount Code for Binq Design Products!

modern cat furniture the bloq greyRegular readers of this blog will probably already know that the Bloq by Binq Design is one of my favourite pieces of modern cat furniture.  So I’m delighted to be able to announce that Rutger from Binq Design has been in touch to offer Cool For Cats UK readers a very generous 25% discount on all Binq Design products.  All you need to do to claim your discount is enter the code COOL4CATS25% when placing your order.  The code is valid until 04/09/2012.

Product Review for the Bloq Beach:

modern cat furniture bloq beach by binq design

Rutger kindly offered me a 25% discount a few weeks ago, and I jumped at the chance to snap up my favourite Bloq – the Beach – at a bargain price.

I ordered the Beach with the light grey cushion, and was very impressed with how quickly it found its way from Holland to SE London.  The Beach has been a big hit with all the HQ Cats; Martha was the first to realise just how comfy the bean bag cushion is, and in fact barely moved from her new favourite spot for 24 hours.  Beryl, Ida and Ethel were keen to give the Beach a go too, and impressed me with their ability to share their new bed in a very civilized manner – it was like they’d organised a rota.  Eric was intially suspicious of the Beach (possibly because I’d used it to replace a cardboard box that he was very fond of), and studiously ignored the new piece of furniture.  However, after a week or so he discovered that a Bloq makes a fantastic cat perch.

modern cat furniture the bloq beach

Eric guarding 'his' Bloq Beach

Now, I’d hoped to be able to illustrate this review with photos of all the HQ Cats enjoying the Beach, but Eric’s put a stop to that particular idea: he likes the Beach so much that he won’t let any of the other cats near it!  The others do still use it when Eric’s not in the room, but as Eric follows me around everywhere (it’s purely cupboard love), taking photos before he warns them off has proved difficult.

modern cat furniture the bloq beach

Ethel makes do with the armchair while Eric's in the room.

The Bloq Beach is made from reclaimed floorboards, and is finished with white paint which is sanded down to give a ‘distressed’ look.  The paint has a water-resistant coating which enables the surface to be cleaned with a damp cloth.  I’ve found it very easy to remove cat hairs from the cushion cover by simply dampening my hands with water and then brushing the hairs off – it takes a matter of seconds.

modern cat bed bloq beach

Still guarding it...

The Beach would work well with most decor styles: I have mine in my kitchen, which contains a mixture of modern units, vintage furniture and bits and pieces from Ikea, and the Beach looks great alongside everything.  I should also mention that it makes a very handy side-table, and has made my life much easier now that I no longer have to balance mugs of tea on the arms of my chair while simultaneously trying to read the paper and prevent cats from knocking hot drinks over me or themselves.

As you can probably tell, I’m very pleased with the Beach that I bought.  (And just as pleased with the 25% discount!)  So if you fancy nabbing yourself a piece of designer dual-purpose cat furniture at a bargain price, head over to Binq Design and check out their range.

Modern Cat Furniture by Binq Design

modern cat furniture - the bloq beachmodern cat furniture - the bloq nature

The Bloq Beach (left) and Bloq Nature (right) are the latest editions to Binq Design’s range of modern cat furniture.  The Bloq has featured previously on Cool For Cats UK in its minimalist, high-gloss form; but if shabby chic is more your thing, you’ll love these new models, made from eco-friendly recycled floorboards.

modern cat furniture - the bloq beach

Bloq Beach and Bloq Nature retain the beautifully simple 46.5cm x 46.5cm x 46.5cm cube shape of the original design.  Bloq Beach is finished with a white chalk paint, giving it a lime-washed look, and Bloq Nature is left as natural wood.  The interior cushions are available in a wide choice of colours, and the cushion covers are made from machine-washable stain and water-repellant fabric.  The pads are filled with EPS pearls (also used in bean bags).

modern cat furniture - bloq cushions

The Bloq Beach and Bloq Nature are available from Binq Design for €175 (£141.00 at current exchange rates), which includes delivery within Europe.

modern cat furniture - bloq natureThe Bloq’s cat bed and side table combination is a brilliant example of how good design and a well-considered concept can create beautiful cat products.  I think dual-purpose furniture is a great way to integrate pet paraphenalia into modern interiors, and I can’t understand why British manufacturers haven’t picked up on the idea – there’s certainly a market out there for it.  Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now: here’s a picture of a kitten enjoying a Bloq Beach.

modern cat furniture - bloq beach


Modern Cat Furniture by Binq Design

Binq Design are based in Heerenveen in the Netherlands, and produce a very nifty piece of modern cat furniture called The BloqThe Bloq is a cube-shaped side table/cat bed combo, with a soft-closing drawer, that would look good in any home due to its simple, yet extremely versatile design.

The Bloq measures 46.5cm x 46.5cm x 46.5cm, and is available in three different high-gloss finishes: white, black and grey.

The interior cushions are available in 13 different colours, and have a ‘beanie’ type filling – so are super-snuggly for your cat.  They can also be used independently from The Bloq as cat beds in their own right, and are produced in 3 sizes: 40cm, 50cm and 60cm.

Here’s The Bloq in Grey combined with a Binq Green cushion:

And in White with an Ocean Blue cushion:

Well, I could carry on playing with the custom facility on Binq Design’s webite for ages, but I’m sure you get the general idea.

Unsurprisingly, there are no UK stockists for The Bloq, but Binq Design have recently made their site available in English, and offer free shipping on orders over 90 Euros.  And there’s a 10% discount for all Facebook likers and Twitter followers.  Hurrah!