When I choose to spotlight a product for the home — whether it’s a piece of outdoor furniture, a clock, or a doormat — alongside the aesthetic “wow factor” there is, of course, green criteria: what (materials is it made from?), where (is it made?), who (produced it?), how (does it impact the environment?) and when (it's disposed of, what happens to it?) Not the most scientific method, I know, but it works for me.
My philosophy also extends to pet-centric products for the home. In the past, I’ve discussed recycled flip-flop dog beds, eco-friendly cat scratchers, and much more. With this post, however, I’m abandoning any green requirements and going with pure looks.
Taipei-born, London-educated designer Alice Wang’s Pet Plus line might contain the five most cleverly designed, peculiar, (and also kind of disturbing) pooch-geared products that I’ve ever laid eyes on. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Here’s what the designer says about the Pet Plus line:
In the same way as one can purchase accessories and additional companions for Barbie dolls, will consumers be able to purchase accessories which creates hyperreal relationships? Let us try to imagine when certain hyperreal dog relationships become a commodity product and consumers have the choice to decide which experience to indulge in. Regarding Maslow's theory of human motivation (1954), all individuals must satisfy certain needs. Specific relationships can perhaps be purchased as supplements to aid one in fulfilling certain needs, resulting in a new form of hyperreality. Pet plus offers various packages acting as social supplements encouraging further interaction between humans and their dogs. Pet Plus invites you to embark on a brand new social adventure!
Via [Design Milk]
Images: Alice Wang