One part (dog) furniture store, one part art gallery, and one part DIY instruction manual, Architecture for Dogs launches today, offering pet parents a new spin on furniture designed with their animal companions in mind.
Organized by Kenya Hara, the creative director of MUJI (an online purveyor of “no brand quality goods”), Architecture for Dogs offers dog guardians a variety of templates to download and construct for themselves. There are 13 different structures created by architects and designers. The designers were asked to create structures that would change the way people interact with their pets, exchanging the traditional wooden doghouse for a series of ramps, stairs, mazes, and even an illuminated vanity.
Taking breed personalities into consideration, some of the structures are little surprising, like the Reiser + Umemoto outfit below, which capitalizes on the Chihuahua’s love of burrowing.
One of our favorite pieces is a seat designed for smaller dogs like the Dachshund, which brings the petite canine eye level with her humans and provides a ramp for access so climbing up and down a flight of stairs won’t hurt delicate spines and hips.
Most spectacular, however, is the grand lighted mirror designed for Poodles — which are, according to Architecture for Dogs, one of the few breeds of dogs who can recognize their own reflection.
Images via dezeen magazine