When you think of a cat friendly apartment, the mental image probably isn’t pretty. Much of the feline furniture (think scratchers and perching posts) that's on the market is made from carpet that seems to clash with any decor. An airy 915 square feet (85 square meters) unit in Japan, however, defies this convention and marries beautiful interior design with the types of furnishings cats love.
Called the Nionohama Apartment, it was renovated by ALTS Design Office in order to suit the family’s lifestyle—living with a newborn. At the same time, they also had their furry friend in mind; the interior is lined with custom-built floating shelves, cabinets, and planks that allow the cat to easily traverse the perimeter of the room and survey its kingdom below.
Of course, these additions have benefits for the family as well. The design maximizes their space by thinking vertically. They’ve lined the shelves with bright flora, interesting knick knacks, and things they undoubtedly use, but don’t need all the time. For those who have a small space to work with, this is an ingenious way to utilize the entire square footage. And with these storage systems off the floor, the young family has more room to play.