NEL – Pack of Dogs

NEL is a platform for experimentation formed by an evolving collective of Mexican designers. The collective, founded in 2004, serves as a channel to create and exhibit projects that focus on the conceptual and playful side of design. The organic nature of the collective allows for an ever changing pool of designers, which in turn generates a wide variety of projects that range from political statements to playful storytelling or aesthetic explorations.  Today we feature the Pack of Dogs project.

Introduced at the 2007 Salone Satelite in Milan, these pieces are based roughly on the shape of a dog, in different sizes and positions. These characters, named after famous Mexican wrestlers (Dos caras Jr, Aguayo, Superastro, El Santo, Alushe and Mistico) follow you around your house or office, and may work as a side table, stool, bench, bookshelf, magazine rack, newspaper holder, bookends, etc. By the way each piece is used, and the objects that interact with it, a different story is told.

The pieces are made in different materials and techniques. Some pieces were made through traditional woodworking techniques, using scraps of solid wood like tzalam, ash, red oak, poplar, alder, walnut, and pine, which makes every piece unique, while other pieces are made in birch plywood using a CNC router.

A ceramic version was also created.

And a teak version was manufactured by Proteak.

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