My Favorite ThingArchitect and spatial designer Cliff Tan tells the story behind his favorite golden cat.

My Favorite ThingArchitect and spatial designer Cliff Tan tells the story behind his favorite golden cat.

Issue 48

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Interiors

  • Words Harriet Fitch Little
  • Photograph Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir

This little golden beckoning cat was given to me by my partner. It’s probably the most kitsch item I own and I cringed when I first received it because it was a cheap, shiny plastic thing, a far cry from the exquisitely crafted design pieces that I preferred. To make matters worse, it  required AAA batteries to make it “work,” essentially waving its paws all day long. 

In feng shui, a cat like this would sit in the money corner to beckon wealth. I reluctantly had it on my table, allowing it to do its waving thing. But as the cat waved relentlessly—day in, day out—its unfaltering efforts became a part of the energy of the home. When the batteries ran out you could somehow feel that something was amiss, like a part of the home’s energy had left. Its dedication to its duty to...

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