MAD architects founder Ma Yansong has created a series of carpets shaped like juicy steaks for labradors.
The rugs are part of Architecture for Dogs, an ongoing exhibition founded by Muji creative director Kenya Hara, which, over the years, has enlisted several world famous designers and architects to reconsider everyday objects with man’s best friend in mind. In 2012, Hara called the project a way to rediscover “what architecture really means,” exploring the nature of architectural process through a series of dog houses constructed with a particular care for a dog’s enjoyment and unique use.
In Architecture for Dogs’s latest update, Ma has designed this series of meat rugs for the Labrador Retriever. Ma says that the raw, marbled steaks embody “the ultimate reward” for a lab, but on top of that, the rugs roll up easily for transport around the home with a pet, and they come in three sizes, suitable from puppy to adult.As with most Architecture for Dogs projects, it’s impossible not to look at these meat rugs and smile, or even laugh. But that doesn’t mean they’re pure silliness. In a world designed for dogs, do you think there’s such a thing as a Persian rug? No way. It’s all meat. And maybe some astroturf.The exhibition will be on display in Shanghai Himalayas Museum from August 8 to October 11.
Adopted and rescued by animal lover Candice Miller, this family of “misfit dogs” will warm your heart with their adorable antics. Miller uploads beautiful photographs of the expressive canines having fun, sleeping, and posing for the camera to her Instagram account ‘@roofusandkilo’.
According to the Huffington Post, Miller started taking in shelter dogs in the last few years, including a pit bull named Kilo who was waiting to be put down at the shelter she volunteers at. Being beaten and forced to live outside had left the dog weak and fearful, causing him to crawl around on his stomach at the shelter. On the day he was slated to be euthanized, Miller rushed down and picked him up.
“Kilo came into my life at a point when I needed him the most… We both had been through some bad stuff, but together are absolutely happy and healthy,” Miller told the publication. She had just left a stressful job and was coping with the death of one of her older dogs at that time.
Miller also has another pit bull named Roofus that her son brought home three-and-a-half years ago. She recently welcomed the newest addition to the family, a pit bull puppy named Penny whom she saved from a “scary situation” where the mother dog was killing her own puppies. By sharing photos of her household of dogs, she hopes to erase negative and harmful stereotypes of pit bulls and help other shelter dogs find homes.
(Via: Design Taxi, Images via @roofusandkilo)