I was wandering through Target yesterday (you know, having gone in for, like, two things and instead filling up a whole basket with unnecessary but completely awesome finds) when I stumbled on the display for Polka Dog Bakery, part of Target’s new project The Shops at Target, which features items from specialty boutiques throughout the country. Polka Dog Bakery is a pet shop and bakery in Boston, and their “shop” at Target is full of cute, colorful toys, bowls, mats, collars and, of course, yummy and wholesome baked treats. The Polka Dog for Target collection is available both in stores and online, and if the already-half-empty shelves at my local store are any indication, it’s selling out fast. What’s your favorite? Pretty sure I need one of those bowls. And a coordinating mat. And a tossin’ stick.
Neroko is a Finnish design studio that was born out of “a great love for dogs and a passion for sustainable Finnish design”, which is to say that Neroko and Dog Milk are two peas in a pod. Their modern pet line includes solid birch beds and “habitats”, stackable ceramic bowls and birch food containers, and even natural jute dog toys! (And how cute is that little dog sculpture?)
Much as we tend to anthropomorphize our dogs and endow them with complex thoughts and even speech, I’m pretty sure my little Dottie’s average thought process is somewhat akin to one of those old Dick and Jane books: “I am hungry. There is no food. Oh, look. There is food in my bowl. Food is good. Crunch, crunch, crunch.” Thus, this line of tongue-in-cheek, retro-inspired dog dining accessories from Oré Pet might be right up her (extremely simple) alley.
Even though they can’t read, and may or may not appreciate good design, something tells me even dogs are powerless against the sheer brilliance and beauty of Helvetica, that most glorious of typefaces. You can show your love for all things sans serif (or maybe just make your kitchen feel more like an NYC subway station) with Helvetica treat tins, bowls, and food storage bins, new at Harry Barker.
Lazybonezz was founded in 2008 by a design-savvy mother and daughter team wanting to create dog products to complement the modern home. Looking at their collection of merchandise, I would say, mission accomplished! All of their pieces are made with top quality materials such as solid wood, stainless steel and plush fabrics for the dog owner with exceptional taste and high standards.
From the Bauhaus to the Beamer, I’m a huge fan of German design. The folks over at German company Cloud7 have put their collective finger on what so many designers from their country have espoused: the importance of eye-catching, clean, functional design. Cloud7′s line of doggie wares (featuring bowls, beds, toys, and pillows) is the newest entry on my list of Favorite German Things (right up there with their chocolate cake).
Vurv has introduced some sleek new single feeding bowls called FBI (feeder by the inch).
These minimal and elegant handmade bowls come in varying heights (in one-inch increments) and sizes. Choose from one pint, one quart, two quarts, three quarts. If those options weren’t enough, you can also select one of five veneer options.