Back in May, I featured papier mache birds from Stray Dog Designs as part of my Mom’s Day gift guide. Chattanooga-headquartered SDD follows a remarkable eco and humanitarian business “dogma” so I thought I’d give ‘em a second look. Here we go…

Stray Dog Designs — founded by Jane Gray and Bill Pritchard after a particularly inspiring trip to Mexico as newlyweds — produces an array of home accessories and furniture … everything from tables to finials, waste baskets to “object d’ arf.” A majority of the items are handmade by artisans in Mexico and Haiti. My favorite pieces, as you can see from the photos, are the ones made with recycled content papier mache. Designed by Gray, they’re true stunners and mercifully avoid falling into the “cutesy handmade folk art” category. They’re hip, modern, unique.

The non-papier mache products include recycled, handblown glass and recyclable iron and tin goodies — light fixtures, tole magnets and holiday ornaments, and much more. Everything is finished off with bright, bold low-VOC paints (although plain white is often an option). 

When you order from SSD, a portion of the sale goes to “organizations that do things like feed hungry children, shelter homeless families, or create loving homes for stray dogs and cats.” These organizations include Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, Casita Linda, and Sociedad Protectora de Animales.

So go ahead, pick out somethin’ special for yourself or someone else … whether you’re a canine lover or not (but it doesn't hurt).
Pictured from top to bottomFerdinand ($275), Jay Bird Round Table ($375), Artichoke Lamp ($625), Funky Faux Bois Mirror ($435), Stump Stool/Accent Table ($350), Insect Wastebasket ($110), Sea Rod ($200),  Lucy Table ($450), Praying Mantis ($125). All available @ Stray Dog Designs. All pieces are assembled in the US and shipped with recyclable packing peanuts.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Green home designs worth begging for
There's nothing mangy about Stray Dog Designs' artisan-crafted, recycled-content papier mache furniture and home accessories.