Nominee for Plus X Award 2017
After our cat tree HOME became winner of the Plus X Award in 2015, one of our pieces of designer cat furniture was nominated for this innovation award again this year. The jury went for our cat tower EMPIRE.
The Plus X Awards have been held for the past 13 years. The awards are for various products in the lifestyle, technology and sports sectors. Special attention is given to features with a high degree of innovation and advanced designs in their specific sector.
Our EMPIRE is characterised by exactly these types of features. It is one of the highest quality concepts within the stylecats® collection. The designation "designer cat tree" fully applies to it.
The product stylecats® cat tower EMPIRE is nominated
for the Plus X Award 2017.
for the German Design Award 2017
The German Design Award honours innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers, who are leading the way in German and international design landscape. This is guaranteed by the high-calibre, international expert jury. The German Design Award recognizes and presents unique design trends: a competition that promotes the design-oriented economy.
The German Design Award is presented by the German Design, Design and Trade Association (Deutsches Marken- und Designinstanz). Their mission from the very top: to represent German design. Founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag as a foundation, the company supports the economy by consistently achieving brand value through design. This makes the German Design Council one of the world's leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design. Apart from business associations and institutions, the exclusive network of the members of the Foundation includes, in particular, the content and brand names of renowned companies.
The product stylecats "Cat Tree HOME" is nominated by the international expert jury for the German Design Award 2017.
Animal Shelter Hanover 2014/2015
I came across my first cats in an animal shelter. Some time ago, I had the opportunity to equip two cat "suites" in the newly renovated Katzenhaus Hannover with my cat furniture and other accessories.
For me, the animal shelter is always a test of endurance. I am delighted to be able to make this small contribution. In addition, my cat trees are also subjected to strenuous endurance tests there which further drive my developments.
Here is the website of the Tierheim Hanover.
Put to the test - Animal shelter Hanover
FSC- and PEFC certified
PEFC is some kind of "forest-certificate": a transparent and independent system ensuring a sustainable timber industry.
It is an abbreviation for the English "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes", a programme for the acknowledgement of timber certifying systems.
A sustainable Seal for Timber and Paper
This certificate is based on strict regulations for a sustainable cultivation of forests. These are controlled by independent and competent organisations. My wooden products bear the PEFC-seal. That means that the whole production process - from resources to the final product - is certified and controlled by independent experts.
FSC is one of the leading forest certifying systems, being a seal for sustainable wood and paper production. Its aim is the long term preservation of our woods and a responsible timber industry. It ensures safe working conditions for wood workers and overall respect for all animals.
The main target is a sustainable clearing of forests, making sure that, one part being cleared, another is being reforested. Transportation from forest to the sawmills is traceable. By purchasing FSC products you contribute to a sustainable forest management.
The main purpose of the FSC was to preserve our woods from further destruction by means of certain standards. The focus is still on tropical forests. The renouncement of tropical woods and the alternative use of so-called "domestic" species such as spruce, pine or larch are not the best choice per se. The term "native" is frequently applied to these types of wood, which are potentially growing in Germany.
PLUS X AWARD GŁtesiegel 2015
The Plus X Award is the world's largest innovation prize for technology, sport and lifestyle. An international independent expert jury consisting of 25 industries, 23 strategic competent partners, evaluates more than 600 participating international brands.
The Innovation Prize was initiated as a project to protect and strengthen brands and trade as well as to provide guidance to the end user, and is in its thirteenth year of existence in 2016.
The product "stylecats® Cat Tree HOME" was awarded the PLUS X AWARD Seal of Approval 2015 in the categories "High Quality" and "Design" and was awarded the "Best Product of the Year 2015/2016" seal as the cat tree of the year.
Many Thanks to the Jury
We love our cats - but we also love our stylistically chosen furniture and the aesthetics they offer to our living environment.
At the sight of a conventional cat tree, I found that I wanted to have it vanish into a corner. Not only dwellings furnished by interior designers and interior decorators will lose their charm due to the look of a typical cat tree.
I was searching for a solution
I wanted to look at, instead of wanting to look away.
Cat trees by stylecats® are designed to attract people who want it both ways: having the needs of their feline friends in mind, but not wanting to ignore their own fondness for modern design. I place value in subtle furniture, well-designed in every detail.
stylecats® at the award-ceremony Plus X Award 2015
1st Place for stylecats® at the Founder's Prize 2013 drei|v
1st Place for stylecats® at the Founder's Prize
1st place for stylecats® at the Founder's Prize 2013 three | v. My business idea of revolutionizing the cat furniture industry won first prize at the founder's prize.
Initiated by the [kre | H | tiv] network of Hanover, drei/V looks for founders from the creative industry with outstanding business ideas several times a year. Their goal: to promote particularly promising enterprises so that these can go straight down the road of success.
The jury made their decision based on the criteria listed below:
- Vision and creativity
- feasibility and market opportunities
- personality and pioneering spirit
- time and finance management
- previous business and creative success
- synergies and image gain for Hanover