Yoh Komiyama has designed NEKO, a modern cat tree that offers a natural wood home for the family pet that also fits in with a contemporary interior. The wood cat tree allow the cats to have a sense of security while at the same time, allowing them to see their surroundings.
This vertically oriented piece covered in natural wood offers a private space for the cat while serving as a decorative interior object that fits seamlessly with its surroundings. The spaces in between each cylindrical post provide glimpses, and thus convey the mutual presence, of both cat and human, maintaining a furtive connection between the two for a greater intimacy. As the axis of rotation is built in the outer structure, it can be opened like a door for easy maintenance. The Greek marble used for the base not only helps the cat regulate body temperature more effectively, it also provides a low center of gravity to stabilize the tree. As for the materials, they offer design and functional value while also expressing a cultural fusion between the wooden materials of the East and stone materials of the West.
Photography by Tomooki Kengaku