May 23, 2017 (Raleigh, NC) -- Dubbed the “Dwell House,” a sleek composition of intersecting cubic volumes rendered in white laminate and natural wood (above), was one of six Modern cat houses created by architects and furniture designers to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats during The Cat’s Meow Cocktail Party and Auction sponsored by Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh.
For the auction, the six imaginative houses were joined by a mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis of Raleigh and New Orleans, a large neon tabby cat sculpture perched on an old radio by neon artist Nate Sheaffer of Raleigh, and an iconic mid-century modern chair from Modernica donated by Trig Modern’s owner Bob Drake.
Approximately 100 cat enthusiasts attended The Cat’s Meow, along with two three-month-old kittens that SAFE Haven’s founder and director, Pam Miller, and a few volunteers brought to the event. Trig Modern provided an abundance of party food, wine, beer, and chilled water for the crowd as they perched on modern sofas and chairs throughout the showroom.
With entertaining encouragement from professional auctioneer Ben Farrell, who donated his services to the cause, every item sold for prices that exceeded their designers’ expectations. Proceeds went directly to SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter and clinic that, to date, has found homes for nearly 8500 formerly stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
The auction itself netted $4525 with the “Dwell House” by Greensboro furniture designer Grant Newton commanding the highest winning bid at $1150. Other donations brought in $274 and SAFE Haven sold $59 in retail items, making the grand total for the evening $4858.
“We want to thank Pam and the SAFE Haven volunteers; our delightful auctioneer Ben Farrell who made the auction entertaining as well as profitable; the architects, designers and artists who contributed their time and talent to the cause: and everyone who attended, especially all of the enthusiastic bidders,” said Bob Drake. “It was a wonderful evening and we’re looking forward to another Cat’s Meow next year.”
Background: This past February, Drake and Trig Modern’s interior designer Ann Marie Baum, a SAFE Haven volunteer, invited architects and other designers throughout the Triangle to create “cool, modern” houses for indoor cats for the fundraising auction. According to guidelines, the houses had to be modern in style and of such quality that potential bidders would welcome them in their homes. They also had to be small enough to fit through a regular residential door and light enough for two people to carry them.
For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com
For more information on SAFE Haven for Cats, visit www.safehavenforcats.org.
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The Dwell House by furniture designer Grant Newton of Greensboro, NC.
"Under The Sea" by i.S. Design, Raleigh.
The Cat Cave by architecture intern Corey Baughman, Raleigh. It doubles as a modern end table.
The "O" House by Bret Page Architecture, Raleigh. The big "O" is part of an old sign and actually lights up. Shown here in use by its new inhabitant.
A multi-use Cat Play Tower by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, of Chapel Hill, NC. It doubles as a bar cart.
A simple place for perching, pouncing, and napping by Little Associates' Durham, NC, office.