Join the elite kennel club: Muji creative boss designs high-class hangouts for dogs
19:48 GMT, 19 November 2012
Nobody wants to be in the dog house … unless it is one designed by Kenya Hara.
Design guru and Muji's Creative Director Hara has created a collection of lavish kennels to ensure that pets of high fliers can live the high life too.
Architecture for Dogs is a website that showcases different top-end kennel designs and lets owners download blueprints so they can create the designs themselves at home.
Sou Fujimoto has created a mini house for a Boston terrier complete with toys, a piggy bank and even plants
Atelier Bow-Wow created this design for dachshund smooth and their owner to enjoy together- be it sunbathing or just chilling out, it was designed so they can be on the same level
Calling upon 12 of his architect friends, Hara has created a selection of ingenious and sometimes downright ludicrous designs which will be launched at the Design Miami expo in December.
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Reiser and Umemoto have designed this fluorescent orange 'cloud' to keep pet chihuahuas sheltered from the clouds
Toyo ito has created a 'doghouse for walks' as a way to 'at least slightly lighten the burden' on dogs in rain and shine
Kazuyo Sejima has designed an extension of the bichon frise's distinct and furry coat
The website features a seat made out of a dog owner's clothes, a curly cushion inspired by a bichon frise and a neon orange rain 'cloud' for chihuahuas that feel the chill.
Each designer guides dog fanatics through the construction process with a 'completion drawing'.
One of the team, Konstantin Grcic, has created a mirror stand for a poodle because he has read that poodles react positively to mirrors and display unmistakable signs of self-awareness.
'If this is true, it would perfectly
underline two quality characteristics about poodles: that poodles are
notoriously finicky about their looks, and that they are highly
intelligent,' he said.
Hiroshi Naito designed this 'dog cooler' as a tribute to his late dog who often got too hot and had no way to cool himself down. This clever contraption contains bags of ice which helps fight the heat
Torafu Architects say that Jack Russell terriers love nothing more than the smell of their owners clothes, so this doggy seat allows old clothes to be stretched over it for the pleasure of pups
Speaking to the Observer, Hara said: 'I wondered what happened at the intersection of dog lovers and architecture enthusiasts and I wanted to test that on the internet, so I thought of free downloads.
'People throughout the world can get excited about the idea of dogs together.'
Pretty pooch: This dog seems to love his new mirror and stand, designed by Muji's Creative Director Hara
This multi-purpose design by Shigeru Ban for Papillon can be transformed into a seat, bed or play pen
The site offers step-by-step guides on how to achieve the perfect dog's kennel in all its stylish form