Modkat Co-founders, Rich Williams and Brett Teper with Sammy the cat.
How it began.
Rich’s cats Mika and Sashi needed a new litter box that worked great and complemented the look of his modern Brooklyn apartment. Rich searched exhaustively but came up empty handed. In defeat, he complained to his wife until she said, “You're a designer. Why don't you just design one?”
The next day Rich presented the idea to Brett, his then-partner in a graphic design business and an industrial design graduate, who thought the idea was brilliant. The two partners began sketching. Two years later, after dozens of prototypes and tons of cat testing, the original Modkat Top-Entry Litter Box made its debut at the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) where it earned The Editor's Choice Award for Best Accessory. Shortly thereafter, Modkat received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. Rich, Mika, and Sashi were happy, and Modkat was born.
Modkat has been recognized by many prestigious publications, including The Wirecutter, Forbes, Dwell, New York Times, Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell with Jackson Galaxy, Wall Street Journal, The Knot, Houzz, Gizmodo, NYCxDESIGN, BuzzFeed, Wanted Design, DWR Design Notes, The Dieline, and Apartment Therapy.