All posts tagged architecture for dogs

#imprintpresents Koichi Suzuno (Torafu Architects) at the Downtown Independent

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interTrend’s sister company Imprint Culture Lab is proud to present a speaking engagement with Koichi Suzuno, co-founder of the award-winning Torafu Architects and contributor to the Architecture for Dogs project. The #ImprintPresents event will take place on Monday, May 5 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles.

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The Torafu team applies its architectural approach to thinking not only in the field of construction but also interior design, exhibition space, product design, spatial installations, and filmmaking. This rare L.A. appearance by Suzuno is sure to both interest and inspire creative problem solvers in all fields.

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Hope to see you there, and feel free to spread the word to like-minded colleagues and friends. For ticketing and more information, visit imprintculturelab.eventbrite.com.

Ask him to sign the Architecture for Dogs book or Wanmock!

Architecture for Dogs book now available in the U.S.

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In case you didn’t make it to Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture For Dogs installations in Miami, Long Beach, or Tokyo, this handsome book features gorgeous photos and detailed descriptions of the species-specific pieces curated by MUJI’s Kenya Hara. The world-class designers and architects include the following:

Atelier Bow-Wow x DACHSHUND SMOOTH
Toyo ITO X SHIBA MVRDV X BEAGLE
Kengo KUMA X PUG
Konstantin GRCIC X TOY POODLE
Kazuyo SEJIMA X BICHON FRISE
TORAFU ARCHITECTS X JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
Hiroshi NAITO X SPITZ
Shigeru BAN X PAPILLON
Sou FUJIMOTO X BOSTON TERRIER
Reiser + Umemoto X CHIHUAHUA
Hara Design Institute X JAPANESE TERRIER
Kenya HARA X TEACUP POODLE

And if you did manage to visit the exhibit in person, this publication includes photos from each of the cities and also features essays, interviews, blueprints, and other original material that will blow your mind. Its text is in Japanese and English and its design is as elegant as the structures that it showcases.

Architecture for Dogs was released in conjunction with last year’s Tokyo stop, and is only being released in America now. Dog lovers, fans of architecture, and design freaks, find out more about the book HERE.

Architecture for Dogs goes to New York

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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.
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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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For more information, visit architecturefordogs.com and imprintculturelab.com.

Architecture for Dogs goes to Tokyo

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Imprint Culture Lab’s wildly successful collaboration with Japanese designer Kenya Hara, Architecture for Dogs, will open in Tokyo opens this Friday, October 25 at TOTO Gallery·Ma in Tokyo. For the Asian debut of the species-specific doghouses designed by world class architects and designers, most of the Japanese contributors will be in attendance, as will Elien Deceuninck from MVRDV (Netherlands).

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The third stop of the show (which follows Miami and Long Beach) will also feature more than 10 new variations of Hara’s D-TUNNEL, expanding upon the MUJI creative director’s notion of “a device that mediates between the scale of the human and the scale of the dog.” Hara will also take part in a symposium with architect Kengo Kuma and Imprint/interTrend’s own Julia Huang on Saturday, November 2.

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While the museum has stopped issuing lottery applications to attend the symposium (winners will be announced on Thursday), the exhibit will be open and free to attendees from Friday, October 25 through Saturday, December 21.

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TOTO Nogizaka Bldg.
3F1-24-3 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
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Sorry, no dogs allowed but all are invited to download free blueprints and build doghouses for his or her pooch!

See you there!

Architecture for Dogs opens at LBMA

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Last night, Imprint Venture Lab’s Architecture for Dogs made its west coast debut at the Long Beach Museum of Art. It is a huge deal to have the world-class mash-up of design and canines in our hometown, and the event was heralded by the Creative Director of MUJI, founder of Hara Design Institute, and curator Kenya Hara, LBMA Executive Director Ron Nelson, and our own Julia Huang.

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In the exhibit, 13 species-specific dog environments made by top-shelf architects and designers from around the world show as much wild craftsmanship as they do mind-boggling imagination. A sampling includes is shown below, including (top row, left to right) Interactive Beagle House by MVRDV, Mount Pug by Kengo Kuma, Architecture for Daschshund by Atelier Bow-Wow, (bottom row, left to right) D-Tunnel for Teacup Poodle by Kenya Hara, and Paramount for Toy Poodle by Konstantin Grcic. Yes, dogs were welcome.

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The final photo is a personal one, but credit needs to be given to two of the behind-the-scenes Imprint team leaders: Tanya Raukko (on the left end) and John Hall (far right). They worked hard to make this show happen, and deserve congratulations as well as Ron, Julia, Hara-san, and all of the show contributors. The fruits of their collective labor will be on display at LBMA until September 3.

Hours and admission information are available at LBMA’s website. If you can’t make the trip to the gorgeous Long Beach museum, please visit architecturefordogs.com for more information. You can also download blueprints, share your handiwork, and plan your trip to see Architecture for Dogs in Japan.

 

Architecture for Dogs in Miami

Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture for Dogs installation concluded its five-day stand in Miami’s Design District yesterday. You should have been there. But in case you weren’t, here are some pictures and captions.

Above, Imprint Venture Lab‘s Julia Huang (center) with MUJI’s Kenya Hara (in gray) and crew. The venture was produced by Imprint  and created by the Kenya Hara Design Institute.

The roster of contributing architects was stellar (Atelier Bow-Wow, above; MVRDV, Konstantin Grcic, below) but never took itself so seriously as to exclude its target audience or their owners.

Now and then, human participants received some attention and accolades as well. The perfectly executed combination of human designs and nature, craft and instinct, and concept and whimsy was as primal as it was conceptual, and gathered coverage both nationally (ABC News, Time magazine) and locally (Miami Herald, Miami New Times).

For more information, as well as the designer doghouse blueprints, visit architecturefordogs.com.

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!

A Premiere (Of Love and Rain) and a Preview (Architecture for Dogs)

At 8:00 p.m. tonight, the first episode of interTrend’s latest original web drama, Of Love and Rain, will air on Chinese stations across the United States. With Taiwanese stars Peter Ho (Young and Dangerous 6) and Janine Chang (Silk) and a real Taiwanese sensibility when it comes to pacing, lights, and style, this is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry–and perhaps even upgrade your insurance to State Farm. Of course, you can also go to the website to check out the episodes, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

Meanwhile, Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture for Dogs project is gaining momentum toward its December premiere at Design Miami/Basel. Can’t wait to find out more about the Kenya Hara (MUJI) project? Information and images have been leaking out via The New York Times, Wallpaper, and other outlets. The official site goes live on the 15th. Save the date!

Children and Dogs (not necessarily in that order)

In addition to our usual excellent work, this has been happening…

A couple of Fridays ago was Kids Day at interTrend (a.k.a consultants coming in to teach creativity, innovation, and teamwork). Hm, those don’t look like Toyota logos…

In a recent blog post, Kenya Hara gave a sneak preview of Architecture of Dogs. We’ll provide more information on Hara’s project with Imprint as Design Miami in December draws nearer.