HOW DO WE DO IT
We are drawn to midcentury modern based on its clean lines and simple designs that blur the line between the indoor and outdoor living space. In its simplistic form midcentury modern implores details that are structurally logical, such as exposed post and beam which allows for more open inviting spaces. When setting out to design a dog house we start with two parameters, Style and Functionality. The first part of functionality is size. What size dog are we designing for? Chihuahua, Beagle, Husky, German Shepard? We establish the main living area using standard dog crate sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Once this is established we work with a multitude of different amenities in what a dog might enjoy on a daily basis. From accessible green roofs to partially covered sun decks to peak-a-boo windows and artificial turf, we design and integrate as much as we can.
WHY DO WE DO IT
Growing up we have always been fortunate enough to be around man’s best friend. From our first dog Cookie, to our current dog Adilynn, we’ve always had a soft spot for our four legged-friends. What better way to show our appreciation for their happiness and never-ending tail wags when we get home than their very own house.
WHO WE ARE
PDW is a joint effort with my wife, Sara. We both received our graduate degrees in architecture from USC where we learned to appreciate the simplicities of good design. Since our early days in school both my wife and I were drawn to the midcentury era through its history. Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Joseph Eichler and Pierre Koenig are a few notable architects who inspire us to create a platform, be it for a dog, for good design.
As Mies van der Rohe once said,
“I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.”