Designer doggie digs

05 Mar 2015

When you’re poring over colour schemes for your home, take a moment to think about the canine members of the household, and be inspired by the Designer Dog Houses created by five artists for Urbis Designday.

Finished in Resene paint, the dog kennels were unveiled last week by Bob Kerridge, executive director of SPCA Auckland. The state-of-the-art doggie digs are being auctioned online with proceeds going to the SPCA’s Auckland branch.

Cruz Jimenez’s dog house, Song of Stars, is all about a sense of wonder hidden just below the surface of the the everyday. “If we will look beyond the mundane and allow ourselves to fully appreciate what is around us, we will see the wonder in the world as the canine sees it,” the artist says. 

Cruz is a Californian-born Aucklander. He studied Fine Arts at the Art Insitute of Southern California, before moving to New Zealand in 2001. 

To bid on Cruz’s dog house, click here.

BMD has given its dog house, The Good Dog, some true street-style. The mysterious graffiti art duo from New Plymouth have made their mark on the streets of Wellington, Auckland, New Plymouth and most recently a truck at Honolulu Airport for Hawaiian Airlines. 

To bid on BMD’s dog house, click here.

Kathryn Stevens’ work, Fold Here, takes inspiration from the folded construction of the dog house itself. Working in paper with the unfolded shape of the house and using an asymmetrical ‘V’ pleat (Kawasaki Theorem), Kathryn generated a fold pattern that simply traversed the house. Unfolded, it provided a map of possible planes; those planes filled and destabilised with colour, suggesting a possible ‘other’ form. 

Kathryn graduated with a BFA from Elam in 1999 and has regularly exhibited in Auckland and Christchurch for 11 years. 

To bid on Kathryn’s dog house, click here.

Aaron McConchie’s creation, Not All Choices, references modern society and consumerism. “With the pace of modern society accelerating, we need to ensure that our collective consumption does not spill over to decisions that require careful care and consideration… The decision to introduce an animal into your family is not one to be taken lightly; they are not fashion items or disposable,” the artist says.

Based in South Auckland, Aaron has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and has work in private and public collections here  and overseas.

To bid on Aaron’s dog house, click here.

Max Patté’s creation is a play on the 1917 work widely attributed to Marcel Duchamp. The scandalous work was a porcelain urinal which was signed ‘R.Mutt’ and titled Fountain

Max is a Wellington-based artist whose most prized work, Solice In The Wind, decorates the capital’s waterfront. He studied at the Wimbledon School of Art in London and was elected an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2008. 

To bid on Max's dog house, click here

These dog houses will be on display on March 21 at Urbis Designday HQ, White Studios, 30 Burleigh St, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Designday tickets are available on

Designer Dog Houses is supported by Urbis magazine, Resene, 8 Paws and Art Associates.   

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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Fold here by Kathryn Stevens.

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The Good Dog by BMD.

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Song of Stars by Cruz Jimenez.

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Not all choices by Aaron McConchie.

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Fountain by Max Patté.

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