Modern and innovative cat tower

in Product Design held by Bstessia
Contest Ended, Winner(s) have been selected.
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Description:
We are a small start up business focusing on bringing the outdoors inside for indoor cats. Indoor cats like to climb and feel safe when selecting a preferred level to perch at. Indoor cats like their outdoor cousins, need exercise, plants (especially grass) and access to view out of windows to keep them stimulated. If the cats requirements aren't enough of a challenge then the winning design must fit seamlessly with the ultra modern home interior. We invite you to submit your designs based upon shelves fitted to the ikea stolmen post, a floating shelf design or your own unique concept. Your design may be cat centric or multi purpose for both cat and pet parent.
Wants:
You will need to submit both .dwg files and .pdf files.
Preference will be given to designs that can be sized for small medium and large options.
Designs will be fabricated from mdf Cnc machine cutting so please maximise cut from sheet and minimise waste.
Consideration will be given to designs to be fabricated from hardwood
For cat safety all fixings must be interior with no viewable screws, dowels etc
Design must incorporate fitting options for toys, plants which can be purchased as optional extras without detracting from the design if these options are not purchased.
All designs must incorporate bed/perch area and scratching section
For stolmen post designs:
Footprint must be no bigger than 60x60 inches, dictated by shelf size (guide, largest shelf should be no bigger than 26"x13")
Shelves must have 3mm cut out on topside of shelf to 1 inch of edge for sure step matting.
Perching shelf (largest) should be 26" x 13"
Maximum step distance from one step to next is 20"

Other than above designs are limited only by your creativity.
Don't Wants:
Montgomery Wonderpaws (yes that's his name, aka company cat) is a hardened product tester.
Likes: luxury, ultra modern, fashionable, trendy products
Dislikes: the plethora of cheap, uninspired, sisal based, cat furniture and toys. He believes he deserves better! He believes you can design it.
Software:
  1. AutoCAD
  2. PDF
Additional Information
Now added: pdf and word files of designs we would like / not like to see.
View the files to see the standard of design we would like to see from entries. Hopefully this will also help clarify what is required for the product you will develop to create your own unique product. WE DO NOT WANT THESE PRODUCTS CREATED AS THESE ARE COPYRIGHTED. They are to be used as examples only to help you understand what we are looking for/ do not want.

Just to let all of you last minute designers know the deadline has been extended until the 2nd of January as requested to give you chance to submit your last minute designs - we can't wait to see them.


There is still time to submit your last minute designs to the competition before it closes. Thank you to all the designers who have submitted designs so far, they are certainly very varied and all unique in their own way. We would love to see more and there may still be time if you are quick. The competition closes soon so get your designs in today. Remember we need .pdf, .jpg and .dwg files for each design, so if you have submitted a design but forgotten to submit one of your file formats, please do this today. Good luck and we hope to see designs from those of you that leave things to the last minute, shortly, Bleu.

Entries

= Buyer's Rating
2nd Winner
#51 MONTGOMERY WONDERPAWS Floating shelf V2 by Raluca Harpa
Jan 20, 2014 20:27
#5 kitty kattie home by shantanu
Nov 26, 2013 15:09
#39 Cat Tower concept-1 by Hiren Patel
Jan 2, 2014 20:17
#30 house for small cats by vinya
Dec 29, 2013 5:32
#38 Cat Tower concept-3 by Hiren Patel
Jan 2, 2014 20:16
#36 cat tower cad+pdf by ezer153
Jan 2, 2014 15:24
#35 Cat Tower concept-2 by Hiren Patel
Jan 2, 2014 13:21
#33 CH2.MA001 by benamdre
Jan 1, 2014 5:20
#31 shelves by vinya
Dec 29, 2013 5:34
#40 CHMA.B.01 by benamdre
Jan 2, 2014 23:26
#44 cat crib 1 by vinya
Jan 11, 2014 6:00
#46 cat tower by vinya
Jan 12, 2014 8:38
#48 CTM (BASIC CONCEPT) by vinya
Jan 15, 2014 5:05
#49 cat house by vinya
Jan 19, 2014 10:17
#17 cat tower by 24shakil
Dec 12, 2013 5:21
#11 KAT TOWER by DBARN
Dec 5, 2013 22:33
#12 House Within a House by Jayker
Dec 10, 2013 2:30
#15 cat fortress by shantanu
Dec 11, 2013 6:17
#29 CHMA.A.01 CAT HOUSE (RED & WHITE) by benamdre
Dec 28, 2013 22:30
#18 cat house 1 by vinya
Dec 19, 2013 5:19
#19 cat house 2 by vinya
Dec 19, 2013 5:28
#20 cat house 3 by vinya
Dec 19, 2013 5:31
#21 cat crib 1 by vinya
Dec 19, 2013 5:33
#22 cat cribs 2 by vinya
Dec 19, 2013 5:47
#23 cat tree by shantanu
Dec 20, 2013 2:28
#26 Concept-3 by Hiren Patel
Dec 25, 2013 11:12

Discussion

Bstessia

Buyer

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:54:22 +0000
We have finally chosen our winning and second place prize winners for our Modern and Innovative Cat Tower competition. First of all we would like to thank everyone that submitted a design and it was great to meet a some indoor cat owners out there too. Picking the winners was very hard as all the designers merited recognition for incorporating in their own way the mental and physical well being of indoor cats into their designs. In the end we chose the designs that met the brief the closest in terms of requirements and best match for the business with an ultra modern design concept. Congratulations to Raluca Harper for her winning designs and we look forward to prototyping them over the coming months.

I am sure we will be back to Cad Crowd in the near future with more design competitions (we have new product ideas all the time) when we will hope to work with you all again.

Bleu and Montgomery - aka Company Cat

Bstessia

Buyer

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:25:58 +0000
Hi Jayker, Thanks for asking and good question! I have been waiting on some last minute file submissions as I have not been able to see all of the designs due to not having appropriate software to view all file types. I hope this gives all entrants a full review before deciding the winner and second place design prize. I hope to have this concluded over the next couple of days.

Thanks for your patience, Bleu.

Jayker

Designer

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:18:03 +0000
When will the winner be selected?

PETER LAKATOS

Designer

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:53:24 +0000
Hello,
Please let me know, can designs still be submited ?

Bstessia

Buyer

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:38:46 +0000
Hi Peter, yes just one pole to be used and everything is attached to the one pole by the fixings (as described in the details for the stolmen pole. The pole can be adjusted in height to fit floor to ceiling for most rooms. please remember if you are designing for the stolmen pole the shelves need to have a cut out on top of the shelves of 3mm to 1inch of the edge of the shelf so that the sure step matting can be fixed flush to the top of each shelf. Thanks for your question and we llok forward to receiving your design soon, Bleu.

PETER LAKATOS

Designer

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:45:27 +0000
Hello,
So i understand that the tower is based on the stolmen pole,
I am now re-doing the design i was initially planning to submit, and new ideas are forming now.
I just need one more info. Only one stolmen pole is to be used in the design, Right ? End everything else is fixed on the pole ?
Thanx

Bstessia

Buyer

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:33:46 +0000
Hi the maximum height limit for the design is 6ft but this should be for the largest size of cat tower - not all designs will need to be this tall. The stolmen pole can go from 210cm minimum to 330cm maximum in height but for this type of cat tower you will only need to design the shelves.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:16:22 +0000
hi...which is the height limit?

Raluca Harpa

Designer

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:07:10 +0000
Hi Bleu,
Yes, it does answer my question, thank you so much!
Raluca

Bstessia

Buyer

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:32:29 +0000
Hi Raluca,
The contest will run to the end date. This is a design competition so I want to see as many designs as possible before selecting a winner and second place prize. Please don't leave submitting your designs to the last minute as we would like time to review the designs.

I am going to be adding some sketches shortly to help everyone understand better what we are looking for, however these are not designs we want made up they are purely examples so everyone can see the type of thing we are looking for.

I hope this answers your question, Bleu.

Raluca Harpa

Designer

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:16:17 +0000
Hello,
Would you please tell us whether you intend on closing the contest early or not?
Thanks a bunch!
Raluca

Bstessia

Buyer

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:56:16 +0000
Thank you Rhizky Ariyansyah for your comment. We would like you to come up with your own design either based around shelves fitted to the Ikea Stolmen Post using its attachments (exact details including measurements of post and fittings can be found on the Ikea website) or your own unique concept. In short we want you to design the product. this is a design competition and wasn't aware you would want sketches. Please do get in touch if you need anything further
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:47:19 +0000
Why you don't attach the sketch for design?

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