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Raumhochrosen offers modernist houses for birds


Never mind some bread and nuts, if you really want to treat the birds in your garden, get them the ultimate in stylish living - scaled replicas of great architectural homes for birds.

That's what German design company Raumhochrosen is now offering. There's a range of homes available, most notably some modernist-styled housing from the 1960s like Gunter Wratzfeld's House Watzenegg in Dornbirn (1963) and Rudolf Wäger's Dice House in Götzis (1965), along with more contemporary (but equally cool) designs like the Futterhaus SU-SI (1998) and the Futterhaus Haus R. (1999).

All are wooden replicas to a 1:33 scale and all are for sale online, with prices starting at 149 Euros, plus an additional 49 Euros for the stand.

Find out more at the Raumhochrosen website

Via Switched On Set

Retro caravan for your dog


Does your dog need luxury transport for its next holiday? The retro Nomad caravan could be for you.

Yes, that's right, a dog caravan - with wheels, a lockable door, interior carpeting and co-ordinating wallpaper. It's the work of Italian designer Marco Morosini, with just 10 available, each numbered and signed by the designer.

And if you want one for your pampered pooch, you'll have to pay $5,000 (£2,500) for the privilege.

Find out more at the Dog Is A God website

Via Gizmag

Architectura - modernist house for your dog

Modernist_dog You might not be able to afford a modernist home, but you can afford to buy one for your dog with the Architectura.

And it's a pretty cool place for your four-legged friend to hang out. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, it has slatted walls on two sides for ventilation and room to relax both indoors and outdoors on the roof, both fitted with carpet. Alternatively, there's a larger version finished for the outdoors.

Available in a choice of natural and orange finishes, prices start at $349 (around £175). Oh yes - and cats can use it too.

Find out more at the Pre-Fab-Pets website

Rocket Bowl retro pet carrier

Rocket_bowl I can't say I'm a great believer in pets as accessories. Indeed, if our dog was placed in a bag, he would probably eat his way out. But if you like the idea of parading around with your pampered pooch, this Rocket Bowl retro pet carrier will certainly look the part.

It's a design based on a vintage bowling bag, with a wipe-clean exterior, metal feet and a slot for your pet's head. Inside is fully lined, including a polyester fleece bottom, with the bag capable of holding a dog up to 9lb in weight.

Available in black or red, you can pick one up online for $64.06 (around £33).

Find out more at the Wrapables website

Ben Sherman Dog Father dog bed


Well, the company's current efforts in fashion aren't anything to shout about these days, so it's no surprise to see Ben Sherman doing a spot of diversifying. Although this Dog Father dog bed seems a bit of a strange route to take.

I'm guessing this is being pitched as a mod-themed dog bed, with a play on the Paul Weller mod father nickname and the Union Jack logo on the cushion inside. On a more practical note, it is foam-filled, with a soft fleece lining and is machine washable.

Sized for small to medium dogs, it retails for £19.99. Bulldog not included.

Find out more at the Argos website

Retro Retreat: Caban Casita, Wales

Cabin2Caban Casita is a delightful Scandinavian-style cabin, located in Cenarth, a Carmarthenshire village just inland from Cardigan Bay.

Built in 1973, it was designed by the Welsh architect Graham Brooks in a woodland site as part of one of the first eco-friendly tourist plans. It was restored earlier this year, but still maintains many of its original features that won Brooks several awards.

Cabin Casita is one of three similar cabins in the same location, all decorated in fantastic retro style - Cabin Casita boasts an Eero Aarnio Globe Chair.

But unique selling point of this one is that it is dog-friendly and the second bedroom has been re-designed especially for canine companions with a fitted dog bed and feeding bowls. The dog motive is continued in the pop artwork on the pine walls of the cabin.

Continue reading "Retro Retreat: Caban Casita, Wales" »


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