Having a dog means having a constant best friend, but it also means having tons of dog stuff cluttering up your home. Japanese designers Nendo have come up with a fancy set of dog accessories – known collectively as Heads or Tails – that all have dual purposes.
A faux leather structure pops up to become a house when the dog climbs inside. If he decides instead to plop down on top, it becomes a cushiony bed for Spike.
The ceramic food dish features a deep well on one side to hold water. Flip it over and the shallower side holds food. Of course, this is a problem for the pet who enjoys drinking and eating at the same time, but it takes up half the space of a traditional set of doggie dishes. Finally, the silicon bone toy has ends that fold over to meet in the middle, forming a soft but durable ball.
Dogs might not appreciate the sophisticated design elements featured in this suite of accessories, but dog people know just how great it is to have dog stuff at home that isn’t squeaky, fuzzy, or messy.
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“The artificial leather bed becomes a little hut when dogs burrow inside it, and a cushion when they lie on top. The ceramic dishes are reversible, with a shallow dish for food on one side and a deeper dish for water on the other, and the silicon rubber ‘bone’ can be reshaped into a ball by tucking in the two ends. As a result of looking for a form that could be stable in two different shapes, the collection is constructed of triangular panels connected in polygon mesh. It comes in two colors – white and black – to harmonize with home interiors.”
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modeling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do creative modeling. As Oki Sato explains: ”The name is appropriate for a studio that needs to develop design solutions for a host of very different clients”. Oki Sato does not look at design like many iconic designers, who have focused on the mantra, ’form follows function’. He also looks at the history behind the product and its design.