If humans look to personal flourishes to make a space their own, why should our canine companions settle for anything less? That's clearly what artist Kenya Hara (creative director for Japanese retailer Muji) had in mind when he sought to reinvent the doghouse and integrate it into the world of design last year.
The result (which we belatedly discovered via Fubiz.com): A set of structures designed by 12 architects called "Architecture For Dogs" that Hara says are aimed at changing "the way humans interact with their dogs.” Translation: Changing the way our pets live, i.e. better than us.
And Hara's project isn't the only proof. This year's roundup of holiday gifts for pets offers all the proof we need...
# Of Floors In Her Home: 2; # Of Floors In Yours: 1
He Can Pass For A Descendent Of Louis XIV
His Twitter Account Is Verified
Everyday Life's A Beach (Or Like A Hammock On The Beach)
His Food Dish Cost More Than Your TV
Her Wallpaper Installation Speaks To Her -- Literally
You've Signed Him Up For Yoga Class
Her Travel Bag Is Upgrade-Ready
And The Cat Just Stares Back
OK, Cats Can Also Get Manicures Now
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