The Norenya Isu cat-proof chair folds over, covering the warm place your posterior has just left so your cat can't occupy the temporarily vacant space.
Cat-owning students and telecommuters share a common lament: as soon as they leave their chairs, the cat leaps onto the pre-warmed seat and makes it their own.
So much for meeting that deadline or completing an overdue assignment, and neither bosses and teachers will buy yet another variation on the old “dog ate my homework” excuse. What to do?
The creative team at Japanese workplace goods retailer Bauhutte have obviously been there and done that because their Norenya Isu chair was specially designed to thwart even the most stealthy seat-stealing feline.
“Norenya” is a portmanteau comprising the Japanese words “norenai” (cannot ride or jump on) with “nyaa” (a cat's meow, as in Nyan Cat), while “isu” is Japanese for “chair”. Thus, we have Norenya Isu, the “cats-can't-jump-on chair”.
How does the Norenya Isu work? Well, a quick twist of a switch allows the chair's back to fold forward, covering the seat and allowing the chair as a whole to slide beneath the desk. The back of the chair is hard, rigid and angular – the opposite of what cats look for in a comfy resting place. Last but not least, the armrests fold vertically so cats can't hog 'em.