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Save the date: Love for Leni in L.A.


Love for Leni is an art auction that takes place next Wednesday, February 19. Proceeds go toward helping 8-month-old Leni fight Leukemia. Leni’s dad Jerry is part of the interTrend/Imprint family, and we consider her to belong to of our family as well. Participating artists include Gary Baseman, Deanne Cheuk, David Choe, Faile, Shepard Fairey, James Jean, Geoff McFetridge, and many more. Items to be auctioned from Adidas, Girl Skateboards, Warby Parker, and others.

Check out the event from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Slow Culture Gallery, 5906 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Get the latest at or the event’s Facebook page.

See you there!

Architecture for Dogs goes to New York

Fresh off a successful launch in Tokyo, Architecture for Dogs is about to receive the spotlight once again, this time in New York City at Purina’s Better with Pets Summit on Tuesday, November 19. After packing her bags, AFD co-founder Julia Huang answered some questions about it for us.

What do you know about the conference that you’ll be presenting at in New York?
Not a whole lot, aside from the fact that there are so many subject matter experts with Dr. before their names. But the premise of this Purina-facilitated conference about how our lives are #betterwithpets resonates strongly with me.

In Japan you were involved in a few group discussions. How are you approaching this solo gig?

The good news is the time slot is shorter than the two-hour panel discussion in Japan. The bad news is I don’t know if there is going to be enough time to share the best of Architecture for Dogs: how it came about, what’s happening even as we speak, and what we have in store for the future. But I am going to try to communicate as much as possible Kenya Hara’s vision, how world class architects responded to the challenge, and how the world is responding.
Were there any surprising moments or new realizations in Japan that you can share with us?
More like a strong reinforcement of what we knew all along. A lot of people respond strongly to all things dogs and all things architecture.  Combine the two and we basically have a powerful platform for people to communicate with each other.

Any interesting fans of the project that you’ve come across ?
A hip-hop rapper with his dog’s named tatooed on his arm.

Is Renzei going to make the trip to New York?
No, I really wish he could but I don’t think he would take 6-hour cross-country trip very well.

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Architecture for Dogs opens in Miami next week

You’ve read about it in The New York Times, Wallpaper, and Dwell. Next week, you’ll be able to see the Architecture for Dogs project in person in the Miami Design District. The collaboration between Imprint Venture Lab and the Kenya Hara Design Institute invites some of the world’s most innovative and artful architects to reimagine the doghouse. But these are not ivory towers for elite pups; anyone can download the plans and construct the pieces for their four-legged friends.

The designs range from whimsical to conceptual, and are rated by difficulty. Those who actually build the breed-specific pieces are invited to share photos of their constructions (and canines) on the site. Below, clockwise from top left: Kenya Hara (for Teacup Poodle), Reiser + Umemoto (for Chihuahua)Atelier Bow-Wow (for Dachshund Smooth), MVRDV (for Beagle).

The exhibition is free and located at 180 NE 39th St. Unit 112 (at the corner of NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami, Florida. Doors will be open for five days only, from Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 9. You can check hours on the site, but it’s worth noting that dogs are welcome between 3:00 and 5:00 from December 7-9. See you there!