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Chez Chuichui: The coolest upcycled doghouse in Shanghai
The crafty, bighearted designers at a Chinese eco-design firm transform a thrown-out refrigerator into a tricked-out doghouse for a plucky (and very lucky) stray named Chuichui.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 05:02 PM
From spent oil barrels
to discarded law school text books
, there are many seemingly impossible to upcycle objects out there that have been given a new lease on life as functional, attractive home furnishings. Generally, hulking, power-guzzling refrigerators — with the exception of this unusual seating arrangement
— aren’t one of them.
Just don’t tell that to the crew over at Y-town
, an esteemed, eco-minded design firm in Shanghai whose designers have worked brilliantly with junked Frigidaires in the past.
Most recently, the Y-town team’s upcycled home appliance prowess took a turn for the heartwarmingly cute when one of the designers transformed an old Bosch refrigerator turned on its side into a spacious shelter for an adorable stray pup named Chuichui. Chuichui’s new digs come with a carpeted entrance/exit ramp, a slanted roof, and distinct living areas including a roomy “bedroom” that the Y-town designers outfitted with a plush pooch cushion.
What a lucky lady. And rumor is, because of her unusual new home, Chuichui has emerged as a viral sensation on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site similar to Twitter.
Pet owners: Have you ever crafted an eye-catching upcycled abode in the same vein as chez Chuichui for your dog or kitty?
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