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Touchingly, "Architecture for Dogs" includes a canopied woven basket fitted with wheels and a fluffy pillow, a mobile home for aged dogs who want to accompany their mistresses on walks but can't quite handle long distances anymore.
The museum has displayed some structures on the lawn for dogs to climb on. All plans are downloadable, or you can buy one made to order (from $4,000 to $26,000).
This house, designed by Sou Fujimoto for a Boston terrier, is a series of cypress panels fitted together to hold mementos.
The Pointed T is perhaps the simplest design in the exhibit--it's a large piece of paper arched into a cone, then hung from the ceiling.
Dogs are a part of the family, and Americans spend $50 billion-plus annually on their care. So why are their beds usually nothing more than a cushion on the floor?
That's the question posed by "Architecture for Dogs," a new exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art. This is cutting-edge stuff: The show debuted at Art Basel Miami and was organized by Kenya Hara, the Muji exec and Japanese design guru. Hara asked 13 top designers to dream up structures that stylishly meet Rex's needs.
The structures are thoughtful--a sloped chaise is made for a dachshund to jump on without hurting its back. The Dog Cooler has a series of aluminum tubes to be filled with ice to make a refreshingly cool bed. The Wanmock is a wooden frame that you cover with a worn T-shirt to make a hammock (because dogs love nothing more than to sleep surrounded by their owner's scent).
There's a DIY element to the show--you can download plans to build each piece yourself. Why not take a drive to Long Beach with your best friend--dogs are allowed in the museum until the show closes September 1--and do a little furniture shopping?
Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; 562-439-2119 or architecturefordogs.com
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