Marie Antoinette owned a gilded velvet one, Paris Hilton spent over $300k building one to match her Beverly Hills mansion, and even Frank Lloyd Wright designed one in the 1950s. It turns out that being in the proverbial dog house isn’t so bad after all. For traditionalists, there’s plenty of sturdy wooden kennels available to protect your pooch from the elements, but if you’re after something more edgy there’s a host of designer doghouses on offer. We’ve brought together some of the best – everything from ‘barkitechture’ by big name designers to flat-pack kennels ideal for small spaces.
This minimal kennel is simplicity at its best, lending some extra elegance to the archetypal dog house. It’s designed by Michael Mabuti, Susan Chung and Michael Ong, in an attempt to create a kennel that would “fit in seamlessly” with modern architectural spaces. The Dog Room comes in two sizes in plywood or OSB, and with the choice of a grey, pink or green dog bed.
Sou Fujimoto’s lattice-like living space is part of the Architecture for Dogs series of kennels – which puts established designers and architects to work for canine clients. Blueprints for No Dog, No Life! can be downloaded for free, meaning ambitious dog owners can build it for themselves. The kennel’s grid patterned exterior means it can also be used for plants, books and other objects, making this a doghouse that does double duty.
This teardrop-shaped dog house breaks with convention completely, looking more like an oversized Hershey’s Kiss than a classic kennel. Its ceramic exterior is easily wiped clean if you’ve got a particularly mucky pup, and its cosy interior is perfect for the smaller dog breeds.
This dog house isn’t just for your pooch, it’s also a chance to own a piece of design history. Swiss designer Willy Guhl – an early proponent of flat-pack furniture – created the sculptural kennel in the 1960s, and existing examples are rare finds. If the price tag doesn’t put you off, this kennel is sturdy enough to withstand the elements, and add a touch of Brutalism to your dog’s life.
If your dog is one of the larger breeds, this Boomer & George kennel gives them some extra space to cosy up in. Its white fir panels are easy on the eye, and the plastic corrugated roof and overhang keeps pooches dry during downpours, and shaded during the summer.
Midcentury design enthusiasts will be all over this ultra-customisable dog kennel by LA-based Pijuan Design Workshop, who will personalise everything from the placement of the food bowl to the colour of the wood stain. Standout features include its grass-topped roof, front sun deck, and back window – for curious canines to keep an eye on what’s going on.
NIDIN BY FABBRICABOIS
This flat-pack dog home is a surefire winner with anyone short on space. Paris studio Fabbricabois have designed it to double as a coffee table and book storage, with room beneath for small dogs to snuggle up in. The kennel is constructed using elastic, meaning it’s also easy to disassemble and move.
Italian designer Marco Morosini borrowed from the human world to create this canine caravan, which is minimal enough to fit into any interior. The ceramic kennel is a snug fit, making it ideal for the smaller breeds.
MAGIS DOG HOUSE BY MICHAEL YOUNG
Italian design brand Magis is known for its brightly coloured furniture and accessories, and this dog house is no exception. Created by Michael Young in 2001, this is both a classic piece of design and a quirky take on the kennel. Pooches enter the elevated dog house via a separate set of stairs, and can make themselves cosy in its bright orange interior. There’s also an all-white version available for minimalist mutts.
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