Jessica Leigh Hester is a former senior associate editor at CityLab, covering environment and culture. Her work also appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times, Modern Farmer, Village Voice, Slate, BBC, NPR, and other outlets.
For the design-obsessed dog owner with a spare $990.
Dogs might not have particularly discerning taste—after all, they sniff each others’ butts and roll around in smelly stuff whenever possible—but their owners definitely do. (One example: the Manhattan co-op board demanding that pooches submit to DNA tests to prove their haughty pedigree.)
Enter Puphaus: a dog house designed to appeal to pet owners who appreciate mid-century modern homes. Designed by Zach Griggs and Roy Fleeman, the duo behind Atlanta-based Pyramd Design Co., the doggy domicile is crafted from cedar and cement held together with stainless steel and brass hardware. And at $990, it costs more than many humans pay in monthly rent.
Griggs cites Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe as aesthetic inspirations for the streamlined creation. “The best designs are simple,” he writes. “Simple to manufacture, simple materials to source, simple for the user to assemble, simple to appreciate.” Griggs doesn’t appreciate superfluous details. “Crown molding is the devil,” he adds.
The eye-popping price tag is a lot heftier than most other designs for dogs. For instance, a run-of-the-mill dog house from PetCo will set you back somewhere in the $100-$200 range. But the designers maintain that their canine abode—which ships flat and comfortably fits pets under 50 pounds—is a welcome departure from the other options on the market. “We considered how the dog's natural habitat is out in the elements, with sticks, pine straw, leaves, rocks, dirt,” Griggs writes. “It seemed silly to expect them to live in a plastic hut.”
Dog house, $990 at Puphaus.