above: the Bau Wau Dog House by Ripple Design Studio
Luxe Interiors + Design and Seattle Design Center hosted Barkitecture last week —a luxury dog house construction and garden competition presented by Keller Supply Company and Kohler Co. Take a look at the entries below.
above: Tyler Engle Architects’ team: a clever two-piece structure on a rail that enabled expansion of the covered space and the opportunity to cool or warm the doghouse from the sun. The interior space could be illuminated with natural daylighting through frosted glass at the far end. Hints of “dogtrot” houses from the SE parts of the US. Team: Tyler Engle Architects, Krekow Jennings – Builder, Dana Hamel – Designer, Ken Philp – Landscape, Decorative Metal Arts, California Closets, Moira Holley - Realtor.
above: AOME Architects’ team: their entry was a romantic dog castle, complete with a moat and draw bridge. This dog house was well-built and featured a number of clever details. It would require a small dog with such a small entry, but what a grand entry for a miniature poodle! Team: AOME Architects, Charter Construction, Carl Williams – Designer, Nussbaum Group – Landscape, Seattle Stair & Design, Pental Granite & Marble, Dean Clausen - Realtor.
above: DeForest Architects’ team: A contemporary box with a host of operable features. As with several other entries, this doghouse was capped with a green vegetative roof. I’m not sure how well the siding would hold up to the weather in the Pacific Northwest, but a colorful, adventuresome, and carefully crafted design. Team: DeForest Architects, Roberts Wygal – Builder, Steven Hensel – Designer, R. David Adams – Landscape, Studio C, Stacy Logan Rugs, Connie Blumenthal - Realtor.
above: Demetriou Architects’ team: A fanciful and sculptural home for a playful dog. There was a quite a bit of utility built-in to this creation, such as an automatic dog feeding and watering system. The interior lighting was nicely done, as was the green roof and rain water harvesting system. Team: Demetriou Architects, Bender Custom Builders, Barbara Hyde Evans – Designer, Dar Webb – Landscape, Savvy Cabinetry, Michael Folks Showroom, Melanie McCarthy - Realtor.
above: Castanes Architects’ team: this entry had quite a bit going on, an expansive butterfly roof for rainwater harvesting and shade, colorful and sculptural walls, a massive live-edge wood platform, and large casters for portability. The single steel column support for the roof was nicely done and seemingly under-appreciated by the hundreds in attendance. Team: Castanes Architects, Odyssey Builders, MusaDesign – Designer, CEM Landscape, Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, William & Wayne, Scott Wasner - Realtor.
Team Graham Baba:
above: Graham Baba Architects’ team: The entry was similar to Tyler Engle’s with two moving elements. With GBA’s, the dog house rolled out from under the canopy while the canopy on TEA’s rolled on a track away from the stationary dog house. Graham Baba’s dog house sported a nicely crafted steel frame with a salvaged lumber roof and side walls. The entire side of the dog house hinged open to form a deck. This was one of the most utilitarian of the entries. Team: Graham Baba Architects, Toth Construction, Graciela Rutkowski – Designer, Berger Partnership – Landscape, Cascade Joinery, Metal Solutions, Schumacher, Chris Doucet - Realtor.
above: Ripple Design Studio’s team: This entry took a different approach to the meaning of dog house. This was a creative and carefully crafted indoor dog bed. The screen wall is built of Ipe wood shaped like dog bones with bamboo cabinets on each end to store food, water, and leashes for the small urban dog. Team: Ripple Design Studio, Prestige Custom Builders, Gregory Carmichael – Designer, Brooks Kolb – Landscape, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Lee Jofa Kravet, Sam Cunningham - Realtor.
above: AKJ Architects’ team: This was the other traditional entry. As with AOME’s design, there were a number of creative and nicely detailed elements, like the leaded-glass dog bone windows and bone-shaped pillow inside. The lighting was nicely done. Team: AKJ Architects, Peak Builders, Six Walls Interiors – Designer, Ragen & Associates, The Sliding Door Co., Duralee, Melissa Camp - Realtor.
above: Stuart Silk Architects’ team: Team Silk designed this dog house for two dogs with two levels. The visually-strong butterfly roof was designed to capture rainwater for the wter dish and an entry water feature. This home featured many of the qualities we seek in our own homes these days: an open floor plan, flexible and adaptable to changing conditions, natural daylighting, and strong visual connections between the interior and exterior spaces. They won a few awards for this entry. Team: Stuart Silk Architects, Bellan Construction, Holly McKinley – Designer, Cambium Landscape, Keller Supply Co., Windows, Doors & More, Carrie DeBuys - Realtor.
above: Balance Associates Architects’ team: As with other entries, Balance produced a design with a green roof and operable side panels. The operable doors to their dog house doubled as weather protection and shade for the interior spaces. The Balance team’s entry had one entire wall constructed as a gabion of tennis balls. Team: Balance Associates Architects, Logan’s Hammer – Builder, Nancy Burfiend – Designer, Scot Eckley Landscape, Yellow Mountain Stoneworks, Chown Hardware, Dennis Paige - Realtor.
descriptions and several of the images courtesy of Nathan Good Architects PC ; other images courtesy of Seattle Design Center and Luxe Source
Industrial and furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue has turned his talents toward designing for our furry friends. His Operetta Pet lounge takes its design cues from much of his outdoor furniture, which uses the same materials and colors.
Made with strands of polyethylene straps tied down with a translucent nylon wire over a frame of light steel, the awesome looking dog bed is at home indoors or out. The frame, which measures 24”w x 20”h x 37”d, is available in whitewash or brown:
and cushion comes in the following various colors:
Price? $740.00 USD Buy it here
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue:
above: detail of the special edition Swarovski Crystallized Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum.
Swarovski has done a superb job of marketing themselves. Once a company known for small knick knacks of Austrian crystal that stood on Grandma's mantel and flat backed crystals for the BeDazzler crowd, they reinvented themselves over the past decade.
Their foray into several things such as Swarovski Crystallized and Swarovski Elements; architectural elements and lighting, fine jewelry, sponsoring music and fashion events (Fashion Rocks), launching a magazine, outfitting hotels and more has turned them into a hip luxury brand recognized for blinging out everything from headphones to handbags. And The Swarovski Crystal Palace boasts some of the world's most famous designers who have incorporated the crystals into their designs.
above: the Crystal Roc iPad cover comes in 17 different colors and has over 3,000 Swarovski crystals. Available for $1,741.20
This is not my first post on Swarovski studded and encrusted items. Way back in 2007, I covered a ton of products embellished with the Austrian crystals on my Swarovski Studs Anything That Stands Still post. I've even blogged about Swarovski crystallized guitars, sinks and washbasins, band-aids and a bicycle. But get ready for some even more bizarre blinging.
By now we've become accustom to Swarovski studded computer and phone cases (even iPad covers like the one shown above), high end fashion embellished with the crystals and chandeliers clad in them. But several more unusual objects continue to be accented with the Austrian crystals and here's just a few of the latest.
Swarovski Crystal vacuum:
A special edition of the Electrolux Ergorapido features Swarovski crystals. Designed by Polish fashion designer Lukasz Jemiol, the lightweight hand vac takes on a whole different feel when sparkling.
The special black edition Ergorapido is encrusted with 3,730 Swarovski crystals.
Swarovski Crystal Dog bed:
The Blingmania Luxus Dog Lounge is reportedly the most expensive dog bed ever made. Made in Germany for Koko von Knebel, the cover of this velvet dog bed is covered with 95,000 Swarovski Crystals, that are not uncomfortable for your pet, but instead feel like a massage. Made to order, the bed can be adorned with your choice of color of Swarovski Crystals.
The cover is removable by a zipper and can be carefully washed by hand. The interior has an antibacterial/anti-allergenic filling. The external dimensions are 80 x 60 centimenters, height of the edge is 27 cm, and at the front is 12 cm. The cushion is 65 x 50 cm with 8 cm of filling.
12.999,00€ or approximately $16,626.00
Buy it here
Swarovski Crystal Dinnerware:
The Prouna Jewel collection is a series of formal China settings, teapots and more made with Swarovski Crystals that are actually dishwasher safe:
See an extensive article on this dinnerware here.
Swarovski Coat Hooks:
The BOLT S is characterized by an embedded Swarovski, as is the Seawater Coat Hook. Both are available from Insilvis.
Swarovski Light Switches and dimmer switches:
The Fontini 1950 collection of jewel light switches and dimmer switches represent the “Haute Couture” of interior design. These electrical mechanisms in metal are custom-built. It is possible to choose the finishes, the formats and the colours of the exclusive SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
see the collection here.
Swarovski Crystal Home Furnishings
Colombostile's special edition Swarovski cabinet:
Hand-made in Italy, this cabinet is finished in platinum gold leaf and fully covered with Crystallized Swarovski elements). The inside has a silk effect lacquer and one drawer in platinum gold leaf finish covered with velvet.
The Diamond Collection from Edra:
Damier Chaise Longue:
Italian modern furniture design company Edra has a special sparkling collection of their chairs and sofas. The Diamond collection takes some of their pieces by various designers and adds a luxurious light and glow by adding Swarovski Crystals.
On The Rocks:
Swarovski Crystal Wallcoverings:
The Swarovski Crystal accented wallpaper from Maya Romanoff is available with either a clear Swarovski crystal accent or a Swarovski pearl accent.
Johanna Basford created this stunning Delirium wallpaper that is accented with Swarovski Crystals:
Swarovski Crystal Vintage Vespa:
And thanks to Born Rich, I discovered this blinged out Vespa made by German company Stonerichworld. The 1961 Vespa VVB 150 is covered in 150,000 Swarovski crystals. It took four years for to develop a technique to apply the crystals without tearing down the underlining original paint and this scooter will run you a whopping $321,150.