Ma Yansong Designs Meat-patterned Rugs For Dogs

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MAD architects founder Ma Yansong has designed a series of carpets shaped like juicy steaks for labradors (+ movie).

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs

The Chinese architect’s food-themed Niku rug requires its name from the Japanese word for meat, which the architect considers the “greatest reward for the loyal labrador”.

The woollen carpet features two colors and a pattern that mimics the marbling frequently located in raw meat.


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With three distinct sizes obtainable, owners can upgrade to a bigger size as their canine grows from puppy to adult.

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs

The rugs are created to be easily transportable, Yansong hopes it will assist family members bond with their pet as it moves around the home.

Beijing-primarily based MAD architects is greater identified for its constructing schemes modelled on the mountains, hills and lakes depicted in Chinese landscape paintings. Examples include a residential advancement in the studio’s residence city and a masterplan for the city of Nanjing.


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Yansong’s rugs have been designed as portion of Japanese designer Kenya Hara’s ongoing Architecture for Canines venture, which invited 13 architects and designers to “examine a new medium of architecture for canines”.

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs

Each style in the assortment references a particular breed of canine, taking into account and responding to their person qualities. The pieces aim to enhance the relationships among pets and their owners.

The Niku rug will be on show at the Architecture for Canines exhibition, which requires location at the Himalayas Museum in Shanghai, from eight August to eleven October 2015.

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs

Launched in 2012, Architecture for Dogs has witnessed Hara curate submissions from designers and architects close to the world, including Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban and Konstantin Grcic.

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs Ma Yansong’s rugs on display at the Architecture for Canines exhibition

Given that its inception, a growing collection of merchandise have been exhibited in LA, Tokyo, Chengdu and Kanazawa.

Ma Yansong's rugs for dogs Ma Yansong’s rugs on present at the Architecture for Canines exhibition

Also for canines, Seoul studio Design and style Band YOAP developed a guesthouse for canine lovers in South Korea and Tokyo architect Soichi Yamasaki making a built-in canine pen for a house in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture.

Nendo also came up with a variety of transformable accessories for canines, although Whistle brought wearable technological innovation to pets with a collar-mounted exercise tracker.

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