“Working from home” is undoubtedly having a moment. When COVID hit last March and the hashtag #wfh began trending, the home office became the only office for many.
After a year of working from often makeshift home-office environs, there is finally an elegant and ergonomic desk solution that takes into account that your co-worker is now your cat.
Andrew Bilezikian founded his pet-inclusive furniture company, Habitable, during the pandemic to help those working remotely share spaces with their pets. His furniture is built upon the idea that the places we frequent should be able to accommodate those we love most—our cats, obviously.
“I wanted to build a company made up of a community of users passionate about pets, committed to great design, and open to the idea of a shared ecosystem that equitably and intentionally meets the needs of people and animals in the home-office environment,” says Andrew.
The first piece of furniture he designed was the Theo Desk, aptly named after Andrew’s Norwegian Forest Cat, Theo. It takes into account how animals occupy our work environments.
“We’ve created strategies and solutions that bring a level of comfort and calm to both their workday and yours,” says Andrew.
Safety is, of course, a first priority. Included with each desk is a wire-management system to keep electrical cords away from pet-integrated areas. Just some of the nifty features include integrated pet beds with removable, washable covers and a storage bin for their toys and your home-office necessities. Customizable configurations take into account the needs of pets as they age or as we adopt new members of our family.
“This consideration for the room our pets might require is what makes the Theo Desk so special,” says Andrew. “It provides the space necessary for us to share our moments with those we love.” (from $600, shophabitable.com)