If you read our site regularly, you know there are two ways to our heart: modern design and furry animals. It’s only natural, then, that anything that combines the two makes us so giddy we could punch ourselves. Case in point: Chico, a shop in Japan for minimalist doggies.
The place is designed by Osaka-based Atelier Kuu, and what makes it great -- and different from most chichi pet stores out there -- is that it's conceived with the dog's, not just the owner's, experience in mind. (Oh, quit your groaning. So some of us think dogs deserve to be treated like people. So the $#%& what?)
The space is inspired by a dog house, hence the pitched-roof silhouette echoed every which way, whether over the main counter (above) or in the product displays (below).
A tunnel -- also shaped like a dog house -- travels from the store to an outdoor dog run, where Fido can romp around and drool shamelessly while his owners shop for important canine accoutrements.
Back-lighting and crisp white walls and warm wood floors give the store enough design cred to make the humans drool, too.
COMMENTARY: Woof, woof!!
Courtesy of an article dated January 31, 2011 appearing in Fast Company Design