The Toronto-based modern pet furniture company Pup & Kit broke some barriers for animal-kind last March when they became the first pet-related company to exhibit at the Architectural Digest Home show in New York City. The company, founded in 2013 by Leslie Hemming, was invited to exhibit within the shows MADE section featuring bespoke products from across North America. Pup & Kit offers several kinds of pet beds for both cats and dogs of all sizes, all handmade-to-order by local craftspeople in Toronto. The solid wood pieces are made of oak, walnut, or maple with an all-natural soy-based foam insert, and can be customized with a variety of fabric options made of outdoor Sunbrella fabrics. The Missy Cave, above, can even double as an modern end table, that is, if its tenant doesn’t mind. All images courtesy Pup & Kit.
To keep busy during the long New England winters, landscape architect Neil Best, co-owner of Magma Design Group in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, began building birdhouses that meet Audubon standards. These one-of-a-kind works of art are made of salvaged materials including slate roof tiles, metal strapping, recycled wood, old tin boxes, and rusted signs. Designed to provide maximum comfort for Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and Nuthatches, these handmade bird cottages offer roof and floor ventilation as well as thresholds surrounded by metal or stone to prevent squirrels or predatory birds from widening the openings and gaining entry. The birdhouses can be back-mounted or attached to a pole, and no tools are required to open and empty the houses after the last resident has left the nest. Prices range from $350 to $500, depending on style. magmadesigngroup.com All images courtesy of Magma Design Group.
This is a great little project to do with little kids (or other adults that aren’t too crafty). Made from aluminum in a range of colorful weather-resistant finishes, Brdi arrives flat with pre-punched dotted lines and folds together easily by hand in minutes. It comes with a hardwood perch and 6 feet of braided cord line which you lace through holes on the top to suspend the feeder. The punched fold lines on the bottom of the feeder also cleverly act as drains to keep the seed dry. Brdi, which is from the new product design brand Onehundred, can be pre-ordered and backed on Kickstarter until December 18, 2013. Once available, it will sell for $25.
There are the dog toys you buy because your dog will love them, and then there are the ones that you buy because you love them. The new rope toy designs from Brooklyn-based Waggo will hopefully fit both categories. The cherry red colored bow tie is made of cotton blend rope and measures 6” x 3.5”, the yellow pencil is made of 100% cotton and measures 9” x 1”, and the green and black boot is a cotton rope blend measuring 6” x 6”. 12.00 – $16.00) All images courtesy Waggo.
The team at San Diego’s x.pollinate studio has upcycled discarded modeling basswood from architecture studios into custom-designed and lasercut dog tags that even the most picky perrito would be proud to wear. The tags are part of a line of products the studio has crafted from leftover materials, including lights from recycled lasercut cardboard and a spice rack made of reclaimed wood from local woodworking shops.
This cleverly named piece of feline furniture is the creation of Portland, Oregon–based Mike Estes. Even the snobbiest cat on the block (oh, you know who you are Mr. Jingles) will be impressed by the Sky Scratcher, a 37”-high cat scratching post made from more than 125 recycled corrugated cardboard die-cut pads and a FSC-certified bamboo plywood base and center pole. Each cardboard pad is removable from the center post, allowing you to replace and recycle pads that wear out. Estes is currently raising funding at Kickstarter to be able to bring the product to market and only has one week left to meet his goal of $7000. Check out his site and see if his pledge gifts (organic cat nip oil, screen printed t-shirts) entice you to make a donation. Good luck Mike!