by Grace Bonney

Can someone please rescue that tiny dog from its Paris Hilton dog costume?

I was planning on doing a roundup of the couches I’m considering for our new living room this morning, but I got distracted by something pet related and had to put that off for tomorrow (I wanted to add more to it anyway). Because, well, this dog “nest” is awesome.

I’m more of a cat person (always have been, always will be), but something about dogs and their undying affection and dedication is incredibly appealing. Especially when Ms. Jackson shoots me one of her “Girl, please . . .” faces (she is the queen of the stink-eye). So when I saw this new PupTent created by Slade Architecture as part of a design challenge to benefit the Design Trust for Public Space, I had to share.

The parameters for the challenge were to create a “nest” for a living creature that was also small enough to fit in a taxi, so the bidders could take their pieces home at the end of the event. PupTent was made from water-jet cut plywood laminated together in a conical shape. Openings at the top provide air circulation and some natural light for sleeping pups (or cats, if your cats are huge like mine).

This piece isn’t available for purchase yet, but I’m hoping that if we generate enough interest, we can convince them to make a few for those of us looking for prettier ways to pamper our pets. I’m sure our cats would prefer the box this came in, like all finicky felines, but I’d still be tempted to bring this home for the sheer beauty of the wooden structure. Click here to read more about the project online. xo, grace

If you’re looking for more pet goodness, click here and here to check out some recent pet roundups that Amy and I did.

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