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New Home Furnishings Honor Human-Animal Bond

Posted: Nov. 15, 2012, 2:55 p.m. EST

Buy one or build one.

That's the idea behind a collection of high-end dog-themed architectural pieces developed in collaboration with world-class architects and designers.

Architecture for Dogs, a new company founded by Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara in conjunction with Imprint Venture Lab, today launched a website that showcases the pieces and aims to celebrate the relationship between dogs and people.

“When we first began discussing the Architecture for Dogs concept with Kenya Hara, we were immediately intrigued,” said Julia Y.C. Huang, founder and CEO of Imprint Venture Lab, a Long Beach, Calif., business incubator that funds and guides start-up companies with the goal of creating iconic brands.

New Home Furnishings Honor Human-Animal Bond
Netherlands-based MVRDV calls its Beagle House an update of the classic doghouse design. The structure can be handmade in two days and the work is of normal difficulty, the designer reported.
“The multipronged approach we were able to develop in conjunction with Hara allowed us to help develop this concept into a start-up that's unlike any we've ever seen,” she added.

The next step is an exhibition Dec. 5, 2012, in Miami that will feature the pieces. In the spring, the structures are scheduled to go on sale at stores worldwide.

Anyone with the aptitude and time can try to construct one. Free blueprints of the structures, each designed with a specific dog breed in mind, are available for download on the website.

Participating designers include Hara (teacup poodle), Atelier Bow-Wow (dachshund), Shigeru Ban (Papillion), Sou Fujimoto (Boston terrier), Konstantin Grcic (toy poodle), Hara Design Institute and Haruka Misawa (Japanese terrier), Toyo Ito (Shiba), Kengo Kuma (pug), MVRDV (beagle), Hiroshi Naito (spitz), Reiser + Umemoto (chihuahua), Kazuyo Sejima (bichon frise), and Torafu Architects (Jack Russell terrier).

New Home Furnishings Honor Human-Animal Bond
“Sunbathing with your dachshund on the veranda is good,” stated Atelier Bow-Wow, a Tokyo firm behind the design of a piece called Architecture for Long-Bodied-Short-Legged Dog. The structure should take five days to build and is difficult to pull off, Atelier Bow-Wow noted.
Photos courtesy of Hiroshi Yoda


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