Haute dog! Stylish pet furniture that suits your home decor
By David Keeps
Jun 18, 2015 | 1:09 PM
We dote on our pets, snapping up designer dog beds and kitty condos (with the hope they will stop clawing and curling up on our favorite sofas and bed pillows). All that gear can wreak havoc on the interior-obsessed homeowner. Does Bella's bed match the bedroom curtains? Will the new aquarium look out of place in the family room?
To help you out, we've combed the marketplace to find innovative and décor-friendly designs for indoors and out. Some, like the Hepper NomNom, a $37 dog or cat feeder with two dishes and a tray to catch water and crumbs, offer style and value; others, like Esque Studios' Space Mountain fishbowl and the artist-designed Archibird bird cage-table, are beautiful indulgences. What follows is a selection of some of the best pet products, including homegrown Southern California products, such as the DIY Craftsman-style birdhouse from Los Angeles and a hide-in-plain-sight kitty litter box from San Diego.
Taking the concept of the fishbowl literally, the Canadian home décor firm Torre & Tagus offers this decorative glass home, about $70, for varieties that don’t require an aquarium. To find it locally, use the store locator at torretagus.com.
Inspired by the Disney World attraction, the Space Mountain fishbowl is a just-add-water-and-aquatic-creatures environment designed by Andi Kovel of the Portland, Ore., art glass foundry Esque Studio. Available in sky blue, as shown, and darkest night colorations, $900, from www.esque-studio.com and www.ahalife.com.
The 19-inch-tall, two-piece Mox Litter tower is designed to let cats in and keep dogs out, does not require a litter pan or liner and has a plastic grate that cleans your kitty’s paws on their way back out into your world. $129 from www.moderncatdesigns.com.
For the high and mighty feline, the Hepper Pod Cat Bed, $117, is an elevated modernist design, available in a range of frame and fabric choices.
They’ll meow for Mio, the stainless steel cat bowl with a thermoplastic resin lid to keep the food — and the room — fresh. It's designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi, $54, from Diva in Los Angeles and www.store.alessi.com.
Modernist Cat’s walnut-veneered Cat Console, $445, integrates a scratch pad made from replaceable Flor carpet tile in a range of colors and loop or cut pile. “I have one in my living room and after two years, it still looks new,” says Seattle-based designer Evan Gray Gregory, who spritzed it with catnip spray to entice her Canadian hairless, Jackson, shown here. www.modernistcat.com.
Not all pet products need to be cutesy. The Korean design firm Gramms created the Classical Orders of Architecture collection that includes an Ionic capital dish, about $30, and Doric shaft bowl, $13.50. Order directly from email@example.com.
Interior designer Michael Tavano, co-founder of Marks & Tavano Workroom, fashioned dog crate covers, cushions and accessories, including a penthouse roof tray for leashes that complement homeowners’ interiors. Customized designs from $1,500 at marksandtavano.com.
Scalamandre’s signature 1945 print Le Zebre Rouge, which has appeared as wallpaper in Wes Anderson’s "The Royal Tennenbaums," is available in a linen-cotton blend on a 24-inch-diameter bed. It’s $300 and ships in four to five weeks from www.scalamandre.com.
Hamsters, gerbils and mice can eat, drink and burrow to their hearts’ content in the National Geographic Jumbo Exploration Loft, $34.97, which opts for clear and earth-toned plastics instead of the rainbow of candy colors often found in such habitats. From www.petsmart.com.
Fish and reptiles can be retiring types that need to shy away from human eyes. Why shouldn’t they do it in National Geographic’s Mayan Hideaway? $14.99 at www.petsmart.com.
Designed as a one-off sculpture integrating a birdcage and glass-enclosed perches within a table, the Archibird by artist Gregoire De Lafforest is available to order from uk.galeriegosserez.com.
Designed by Studio Frederik Roije, the Dish of Desire bird feeder is a sleekly contemporary modular system of weather-resistant porcelain, aluminum and red cedar perches and dishes. From $210 at www.ahalife.com.
Made from laser-cut birch plywood to emulate the architecture of California Craftsman bungalows, Scout Regalia’s SR Birdhouse Kit, is a DIY project designed for the bird-brained. It’s $40 from www.scoutregalia.com.
The SR Birdhouse kit also allows you to customize the finished product with stain or paint—and even shingle the roof with birdseed.
The Victorians nailed the craft of birdcages. Today’s modern versions? Not so much. But with its pagoda style roofline and ball finials, Prevue Pet’s Royalty birdcage, $399, adds a dash of Chinoiserie style for your feathered friends.
Consider it the Brentwood Country Mart for your little flock. Compact enough for the urban farmer, the Prevue Pet Red Barn Chicken Coop 465 will house four to six hens with a ventilated roosting area and protected outdoor run. $319 at www.petsmart.com.