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Mouse Mates Is a Playful Hanging Gauntlet Designed for Mice

Posted By Ana Lisa On April 15, 2011 @ 11:17 am In Art,Design,DIY,Environment,Green Pets,Innovation,Milan Furniture Fair,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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When little hairy rodents enter our living spaces a unique tension arises; a mouse in a cage is a friend, whereas a mouse found sneaking around kitchen cabinets is considered a pest. Fascinated by this contradiction, Dutch designer Roel de Boer [1] created Mouse Mates, a DIY [2] hanging object that welcomes the furry inhabitants with a structure to play and have fun. On show at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair [3] at the This Way [4] exhibit, this peculiar device reduces the distance between man and animal in a playful way.

Mouse [5] Mates comes with a box full of surprising, self-assembled climbing parts, including springs, slides, and paper pulp beads. It has been specially designed so that our tiny friends can manage a good grasp, without the peril, but with lots of fun. And as a suspended interactive structure, mice are free to leave the scene whenever they get tired.

Mouse Mates also proves to add a beautiful and artful touch to any place it is installed. Check out the installation first hand at the Design Academy of Eindhoven [6]‘s This Way [4] exhibit.

+ Roel de Boer [1]

+ Design Academy of Eindhoven [6]

+ Milan Furniture Fair [3]

Photos © Roel de Boer

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[1] Roel de Boer: http://roeldeboer.com/

[2] DIY: http://inhabitat.com/make-your-own-cardboard-world-with-the-amazing-cools-kit/

[3] Milan Furniture Fair: http://www.inhabitat.com/milan-furniture-fair

[4] This Way: http://inhabitat.com/precious-waste-plastic-shopping-bags-recycled-into-a-new-durable-textile/

[5] Mouse: http://inhabitat.com/onedown-rat-trap-captures-vermin-without-killing-them/

[6] Design Academy of Eindhoven: http://www.designacademy.nl/

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