Cats get new cultural cred at the up-market Carpenters Workshop Gallery, where a show of a limited edition of large, expensive and very wild cats closes on Friday. A series of maverick moggies in black bronze with glowing electric eyes are snarling on pedestals.
They are by Dutch designers Studio Job, where artist Job Smeets believes that cats are ruthless and “autistic” but closely related to humans… His artworks cost more than £20,000 but you can have a quirky sheet of wrapping paper for under £2 or a cushion for £35. Purrfect.
Cats with attitude gallery
Cats with attitude gallery
1/8 Cat that has the cream
The popular London illustrator Rory Dobner has drawn new images of clown and gentlemen cats and put them on a bone-china bowl (measuring 25cm by 12cm) with 22ct gold rim. It costs £72 from Liberty, W1 (www.liberty.co.uk), or call 07775 212425.
2/8 Black cats for luck
Limited-edition black bronze cats by Studio Job at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 3 Albemarle Street, W1. Call 020 3051 5939, visit carpenters www.workshopgallery.com, or go to the British Museum for a bronze replica Egyptian cat for £2,750, or a resin version for £450.
3/8 Paper pussy
This silver tabby “Pop-up Pet” is a paper sculpture that can sit on your shelf or desk… but mind your mouse. It also comes as a ginger tom, dachshund or a pug. Priced £7.99 with free p&p from www.pop-up-pet.com
4/8 Cool scandi cats
Omega Cats has silhouettes on a witty wallpaper, adapted from a 1930s textile by Swedish designer Vicke Lindstrand. By Sanderson, the price is £44 for a 10m roll, available in a choice of three colours. Call 0844 543 9500, or go to www.sanderson-uk.com. Stockists include Liberty, John Lewis and Heal’s, all in London, W1.
5/8 Soft kitty, warm kitty
A cute kitty to light up your home comes in white, pink, orange or red and costs £79. She measures 39cm by 24cm by 19cm and takes a 15W bulb. From SKK Lighting (formerly a Soho fixture in Lexington Street, W1), whose new “LED Hub” and lighting showroom is at 39 Brecknock Road, Kentish Town, N7. Call 020 7434 4095, or visit www.skk.net.
6/8 Princess Kitty
If Grace Kelly had been a cat would she have looked like this? From a huge selection of “famous cats” (and dogs) at We Love Cushions. Designs are printed on a soft faux-suede, which is washable, and come with a cushion pad. Size is 45cm square and they cost £34.99 (free p&p). Call 0845 269 4343, or visit www.welovecushions.co.uk
7/8 Soft as a lamb
Donna Wilson is famous for her knitted lambswool creatures — this little cat costs £37.50 at SCP, 135 Curtain Road, EC2, on 020 7739 1869. Visit www.donnawilson.com, or call 020 7749 0768
8/8 Straight from the catwalk
From the catwalk — geddit? — come these kitty-themed shoes from designer Charlotte Olympia. These are called Clever Kitty (the glasses are the giveaway here). Cost: £410 with free shipping from www.uk.charlotteolympia.com.