Seungji Mun

It's supposed to strengthen the emotional bond between master and pet.

In the future, dog owners will be able to get little, surgically crafted kangaroo pouches so they can carry their furbabies close to their hearts every second of the day. But until medicine catches up to the clinginess of modern pets, there is this intriguing "Dog House Sofa."

The species-mashing sofa has one big wooden armrest that's hollowed out to accommodate a pup. It's the first item in Seoul-based designer Seungji Mun's burgeoning collection of "emotional pet furniture." Emotiwhaaaa? Let's allow Seungji to explain:

As numbers of nuclear families are increasing, pets coexisting with people are establishing themselves as companions of people. Currently in South Korea, people are raising over ten million pets....

This “Dog House Sofa” is a tool to communicate and share feeling between human and pet. As a pet’s sight, this furniture is good enough for whetting the curiosity of pets. This sofa is composed of the solid wood (ash wood) and a fabric. And combining the sofa and dog house deliver the new space of communication between human and pet.

So while you're watching "Downton Abbey" and your dog is nestled in its sofa hole like a grub, the emotional bond between you two is passively being strengthened. It's a kind-hearted idea, and one that could be beneficial (as the designer points out) to abandoned, mentally disturbed animals. I don't see many issues, aside from wondering what would happen if the dog becomes emotionally dependent not on you, but the sofa.

Here's a brief dog-sofa tutorial. Take one pair of pups:

Allow them to explore the nooks and crannies of the couch:

OMG, DOGS IN A SOFA!!!

The black one was really hungry, I guess....

Cat people, don't feel left out! Seungji has taken into account your meow buds, too. Let's have a round of applause for the Cat Tunnel Sofa (and hope that nobody ever poops in there, because that's going to be hard to remove):

All images courtesy of Seungji Mun.

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