Minimalist Mutts: Simple Design for Dog Lovers

Owning a dog can mean adding a lot of new stuff to your home, and mutts don’t always mix with a ‘less is more’ philosophy. That said, there are plain, well-designed options for dog owners that love “the absolute minimum”, as architect John Pawson puts it. Here’s 8 of the best.

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Howly Bed by Howlpot

HOWLY BED BY HOWLPOT

For a dog bed that fits with any and all interiors, try Howlpot’s cone-shaped Howly Bed. Its steel frame means it stays in shape, but also lets it fold down for storage. A waterproof internal cushion keeps things cosy, while standing up to wet dogs and puppy accidents alike. Howly Bed comes in a palette of muted beiges, greys and greens, so you’re sure to find one that goes with your decorating scheme. Avalailble at en.howlpot.com

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Herringbone Dog Bandana

HERRINGBONE BANDANA BY PETPOOCHBOUTIQUE

It’s all about the subtle pattern in this herringbone bandana, which is a minimal alternative to the louder prints lots of dog accessories come in. The soft wool slides over your pup’s collar, and is dotted with a few hand-embroidered stars to keep things interesting. It comes in three sizes and several colours, but our favourite is the inky blue. Available at etsy.com

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Poop Bag Carrier by Wild One

POOP BAG CARRIER BY WILD ONE

This super minimal carrier clips onto your lead, and saves you from pockets full of unravelled poo bags. Its twist top means it’s easily refilled, and it comes in a range of six colours including bright navy, red and blush. Wild One will throw in a roll of ten colour co-ordinated eco-friendly bags along with it, for minimalists that take their matching seriously. Available at wildone.com.

Classic Leather Dog Collar and Lead by Vackertass

CLASSIC LEATHER DOG COLLAR BY VACKERTASS SUPPLY CO

There’s no need to overcomplicated a classic, as evidenced by this sturdy dog collar by Vackertass Supply Co. Its straightforward design brings the materials to the fore, letting its full-grain Italian bridle leather and brass hardware do the talking. It comes in seven vegetable-dyed colours, including bright red and blue, and can be paired with matching Vackertass dog leads. Available at www.store.styletails.com

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Leather Bone Toy by Nero & Sofia

OSSO CHEWABLE LEATHER BONE BY NERO & SOFIA

Dog toys aren’t known for their subtlety, but this hand-sewn bone will minimalists happy, and pups entertained. The leather isn’t chemically tanned or dyed, and the inside is filled with natural sponge, which means dogs can gnaw away to their heart’s content. Available at www.neroandsofia.com.

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Covo Dog Bed by MiaCara

COVO DOG BED BY MIACARA

Add some minimal midcentury-style design to your dog’s bedtime with MiaCara’s Covo bed. Its bent plywood frame – in walnut or oak (Ash version soon to be released as seen above) – raises dogs up off the floor, and gives them a cosy spot to curl up in. The foam cushion gives pooches optimum spine support, and you can choose from a faux fur or fabric cover. Available at www.store.styletails.com

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Dog Feeder by Wake the Tree

MODERN DOG FEEDER BY WAKETHETREE

Looking for a little more than the standard ceramic bowl? It’s all about the clean lines in this hand-crafted dog feeder, which features a solid maple or black walnut frame. It lifts food or water up off the floor which, theoretically, helps out those messy eaters, and adds some extra class to doggie dinner time. Available at www.etsy.com

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Dog Treat Pouch by Milltown Brand

DOG TREAT CASE BY MILLTOWNBRAND

Stash that handful of doggie snacks away in this simple canvas pouch. Its magnetic fastening keeps inquisitive snouts out of the treats, but unsnaps quickly and easily when you need an emergency bribe. Its waterproof lining also stops snacks from getting soggy in the rain. Available at www.etsy.com

Are you a fan of minimal design? Which are your favourite products? Tell us in the comments below. 

Emma Tucker is a London-based writer and editor, who's been covering all things design-related for the past six years. After studying English Literature she spent several years working at magazines including Dezeen and Creative Review, before going freelance. Emma's now a regular contributor to several magazines, including The Spaces and Pitch, and also works with design brands on copywriting and editorial projects. On a day-to-day basis she's assisted by puppy PA and cockapoo Bear.

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