Bradford Shellhammer of Fab.com was in agreement with Apartment Therapy readers and chose Mike Estes' feline home accessory, the Sky Scratcher, as his favorite. He also bestowed "honorable mention" to Culinarium's NEX GEN Shaker Set.
Jump below to hear what Bradford had to say about his picks for his favorite designs for the Design Showcase.
Design: The Sky Scratcher: Chicago
Materials: Recycled Cardboard, Bamboo Plywood, Catnip
Designer: Mike Estes
Link: The Sky Scratcher
Location: Portland, Oregon
What Bradford said:
TITLE: Fab founder and Chief Design Officer
"My life is dedicated to finding great design. But at Fab we also look for humor. We think it's a needed thing in life. That's why my pick, hand's down, is Mike Estes' The Sky Scratcher. It's functional. Cats like to scratch. It's humorous: I love the idea of cats attacking buildings, mini Godzillas all over the house. I also see the commercial potential here: we'd sell a ton of these at Fab and the possibilities of expanding the line (cardboard Eiffel Tower anyone?) are endless. And the eco-friendly part of this product makes it even that much more purrr-fect."
"My runner up is Culinarium's NEX GEN Shaker Set. Culinarium has been featured on Fab many times and our customers love this collection. I personally love it because it takes something so ubiquitous, table top items like salt shakers and spice jars, and recreates them using an unexpected material.
At first glance, the collection's not always obvious. Like this shaker set, where you don't have to remove the lids to access the salt and pepper: smple, understated, and surprising in their function. I'm a big fan."
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• About Design Showcase 2012: Every September we celebrate the best new creations for the home. We're hosting a select number of independent designers, makers and creatives from around the world, giving them some precious real estate and watching them pitch their wares. Our panel of judges and editors along with our general body of readers will select a few exemplary exhibitors for special mention.