Dezeen Magazine

CATable by Hao Ruan offers a shared work surface for cats and their owners

Milan 2014: holes and tunnels in the top of this wooden desk by Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture have been designed to provide a playground for cats (+ slideshow).

CATable by Hao Ruan

Made from a solid piece of wood, the table top features a series of openings and tunnels that have been carved out by hand to create spaces for a cat to satisfy its curiosity and allow pet owners to share their work space with a feline friend.

CATable by Hao Ruan

"People who live with cats always have these kind of experiences: putting away the cat from your laptop was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell," explained the design team at LYCS Architecture in a statement. "A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole."

CATable by Hao Ruan

"The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats."

CATable by Hao Ruan_dezeen_4

The table also features angled wooden legs that have been stained with a darker pigment. It was shown in an exhibition at Milan University as part of Milan design week.

CATable by Hao Ruan

Ruan's creation is the latest case of a designer offering a response to a perceived demand for animal-orientated furniture.

Previous examples include the Architecture for Dogs project curated by Muji's creative director Kenya Hara, who commissioned a series of well-known architects and designers to create downloadable templates for dog kennels. Contributors including Toyo Ito, MVRDV, Shigeru Ban and Konstantin Grcic were tasked with creating solutions that altered the way people interacted with their dogs.

Update: CaTable has now gone into production and is available to purchase.