Lucky-Kitty Cat Drinking Fountain Cat Drinking Fountain by Michael Heckers & Christopher Tauern

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Lucky-Kitty Cat Drinking Fountain

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cat Drinking Fountain

INSPIRATION:
Cats are genetically programmed to drink running water, so cats that are only given standing water usually don't drink enough - and this often leads to serious long-term health problems like urinary tract and/or kidney diseases. This drinking fountain encourages cats to drink plenty of water and helps cat-owners safeguarding the long-term health of their cat. With its three different drinking zones, the Lucky-Kitty Drinking Fountain caters for cats individual drinking habits. This is why virtually any cat will take to it.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The "Lucky-Kitty Drinking Fountain for Cats" is probably the first ever drinking fountain for cats, that really can be used on a daily basis. It's virtually silent, cat-friendly, spill-safe, extremely stable and and most importantly, it's hygienic - it's quick and easy to clean, because it is made of high-fired ceramic sanitary ware with a rounded design and hence no inaccessible nooks and crannies.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Simplified to the maximum possible, the Lucky-Kitty drinking fountain is build just from four parts. A lower shell, holding 1,5 liters of water, a special low-energy-comsumption pump, which is connected with a silikon-tube to the upper shell, which is simply put over the lower shell. Both shells are separated by a silicone-ring to avoid disturbing sounds in operation and fix the shells in place.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
It took us three years from the first concept and nearly a dozen prototypes until the final product.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
high-fired ceramic sanitary ware

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
30 x 23 x 14 cm Capacity: 1.5 l Special Shipping packaging with foam-inlay

TAGS:
Pet Supply, Cats, Ceramic, White, Fountain, Lucky-Kitty

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We had our own panel of 300 cat-owners and their cats for market research, relating the drinking behavior of their cats and usability for the owners. 100 prototypes of the pre-series where delivered for practical testing. From these tests we got very important usability-input which we took in consideration for the final product.

CHALLENGE:
The design is very difficult to produce in ceramics, because of the inside rounded ledge of the upper shell, so the hardest challenge was to meet the very special production-capabilities of the material ceramics, without giving up the projected design-concept.

ADDED DATE:
2016-04-04 13:31:09

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Michael Heckers, Jürgen Failenschmid, C. Tauern and Lucky-Kitty

IMAGE CREDITS:
Foto: Frank Fendler, Düsseldorf (http://www.fendlerstudios.de/)

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Fountana GmbH & Co. KG, Lucky-Kitty

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.lucky-kitty.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Lucky-Kitty

PROFILE:
Lucky-Kitty is designing and producing high-quality pet supplies with a clean, functional and modern design. Founded in 2005 by two design professionals, Lucky-Kitty products are not only highly functional but also try to meet highest aesthetic standards. Today Lucky-Kitty is one of the fastest developing pet-supply brands in europe. Next step will be the further developing of the US and asian markets.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Lucky-Kitty Cat Drinking Fountain Cat Drinking Fountain by Michael Heckers & Christopher Tauern is a Nominee in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Lucky-Kitty Cat Drinking Fountain Cat Drinking Fountain by Michael Heckers & Christopher Tauern is Winner in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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