Design Milk: Architect-Designed Outdoor Cat Dwellings for Charity

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Published on Design Milk, October 2017

It’s pretty much a given: Invite architects to build sculptures out of food cans, carve pumpkins for Halloween, or design a mini-golf course for a cause, and you’re guaranteed to draw a sizable crowd with a garden of visual delights. But add cats into the equation and you’ve taken things up a dozen notches. One such event captivates the Los Angeles design community and cat lovers alike year after year —Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” 2017. On October 19, the 10th edition returned to the Herman Miller showroom in Culver City to once again raise awareness of the city’s homeless cat population—which is considered to be one of the country’s largest—as well as raise funds for LA-based nonprofit FixNation.

Local architects and designers participated in the event by creating, building, and donating unique—yet functional—outdoor dwellings for cats, while feline-loving celebrities (such as Clint Eastwood and Kristen Bell) also joined the cause by decorating and donating one-of-a-kind food bowls. All the bowls and shelters are currently being auctioned online... (see the rest here).