25 Dogs Living in the Modern World

By Dwell and Stephen Blake / Published by Dwell
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These lucky dogs are living a design-inspired life, proving that just because you're dog, it doesn't mean you have to live in the doghouse.

When dogs meet modern architecture, good things happen. Enjoy.

Ando, a Shiba Inu, was in the first Puppy Cam litter.

Ando, a Shiba Inu, was in the first Puppy Cam litter.

Photo: Drew Kelly
In the master bedroom, a Droog Milk Bottle lamp hangs next to a Fluttua Bed designed by Daniele Lago. An artwork by Brooke Westlund hangs over a custom pet door for the client’s dog, Kona.

In the master bedroom, a Droog Milk Bottle lamp hangs next to a Fluttua Bed designed by Daniele Lago. An artwork by Brooke Westlund hangs over a custom pet door for the client’s dog, Kona.

Photo: Dave Lauridsen
Locally sourced Canadian plywood was used for the flooring throughout the home, and all doors and windows were replaced with low-energy upgrades. The couple shares their space with guide dogs they foster through a local organization.

Locally sourced Canadian plywood was used for the flooring throughout the home, and all doors and windows were replaced with low-energy upgrades. The couple shares their space with guide dogs they foster through a local organization.

Photo: Adrien Williams
Miha hangs out with Kea, the dog, on the wooden deck that extends the living space outdoors.

Miha hangs out with Kea, the dog, on the wooden deck that extends the living space outdoors.

Photo: Cristóbal Palma
Emergency Exit: A poodle-size dog door is a must for Max, who, as his owner reports, loves the lake house. Blake has also been known to eschew the sliding glass doors in favor of the smaller exit point.

Emergency Exit: A poodle-size dog door is a must for Max, who, as his owner reports, loves the lake house. Blake has also been known to eschew the sliding glass doors in favor of the smaller exit point.

Photo: Mark Mahaney
Otto is a handsome complement to the Persian Sarouk rug and Gray’s sophisticated interior design work.

Otto is a handsome complement to the Persian Sarouk rug and Gray’s sophisticated interior design work.

Photo: Andrea Chu
Keeping the home cozy in winter is as easy as snuggling up near the Rais stove or the fluffy pooch.

Keeping the home cozy in winter is as easy as snuggling up near the Rais stove or the fluffy pooch.

Photo: Chris Mueller
From the side door of his restored two-bedroom bungalow, Dollahite watches his<br>dog West inspect the newly installed low-maintenance landscaping and brick patio.

From the side door of his restored two-bedroom bungalow, Dollahite watches his
dog West inspect the newly installed low-maintenance landscaping and brick patio.

Photo: Misty Keasler
The curving white wall in Atherton’s bedroom is optimally sited to capture shadows from the redbud tree outside his window. Pip, the dog, will have to content himself with concrete floors—–at least until his housemates buy a couch. Or a rug.

The curving white wall in Atherton’s bedroom is optimally sited to capture shadows from the redbud tree outside his window. Pip, the dog, will have to content himself with concrete floors—–at least until his housemates buy a couch. Or a rug.

Photo: Ye Rin Mok
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Photo: Narayan Mahon
Out on the deck, Pascal enjoys some relaxed time with their dog, taking a breather in a bit of shade while sun streams across the meadow.

Out on the deck, Pascal enjoys some relaxed time with their dog, taking a breather in a bit of shade while sun streams across the meadow.

Their daughters, Annapurna, left, and Siddartha, play with their dog, Anouck, beneath the kangaroo paws in the entry garden courtyard.

Their daughters, Annapurna, left, and Siddartha, play with their dog, Anouck, beneath the kangaroo paws in the entry garden courtyard.

Photo: Daniel Hennessy
Home owner Chris Brown and his beloved dog Katsu get ready to take Dave on a tour of the Edgeland House land.

Home owner Chris Brown and his beloved dog Katsu get ready to take Dave on a tour of the Edgeland House land.

Photo: Dave Mead
Open enclosures and connections to adjacent living spaces keep the home inviting and airy rather than densely packed—a key feature for an owner of two dogs: Ben, a whippet, and Flynn, an Irish gypsy dog.

Open enclosures and connections to adjacent living spaces keep the home inviting and airy rather than densely packed—a key feature for an owner of two dogs: Ben, a whippet, and Flynn, an Irish gypsy dog.

Photo: Paul McCredie
In the living room Daphne the dog keeps company with a Case Study Day Bed from Modernica, a LCM chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, and a painting by the Brooklyn artist Joyce Kim.

In the living room Daphne the dog keeps company with a Case Study Day Bed from Modernica, a LCM chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, and a painting by the Brooklyn artist Joyce Kim.

Photo: Dustin Aksland
In need of more room for their growing brood, Eric and Emma Gimon, with Luc, Paul, baby Louise, and their dog, Nefi, asked for a private space to accompany the house designed for Eric’s great-aunt.

In need of more room for their growing brood, Eric and Emma Gimon, with Luc, Paul, baby Louise, and their dog, Nefi, asked for a private space to accompany the house designed for Eric’s great-aunt.

Photo: Caren Alpert
In the living area, a dry packet stone fireplace frames a fire grate that was forged by an expert blacksmith.&nbsp;

In the living area, a dry packet stone fireplace frames a fire grate that was forged by an expert blacksmith. 

Courtesy of Gass Architecture Studios
Ibbel, a Parson Russell terrier, and his tennis ball survey the living room from the back of a Cuba sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni for Cappellini. The framed drawings are by Poorter and Holdrinet.

Ibbel, a Parson Russell terrier, and his tennis ball survey the living room from the back of a Cuba sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni for Cappellini. The framed drawings are by Poorter and Holdrinet.

Photo: Frederik Vercruysse
Dan Pacek and John Roynon of Leonia, New Jersey, expanded and renovated their tiny kitchen, integrating it more sensibly into their 1911 house while borrowing natural light from secondary sources, such as a window on the landing leading to the second floor.

Dan Pacek and John Roynon of Leonia, New Jersey, expanded and renovated their tiny kitchen, integrating it more sensibly into their 1911 house while borrowing natural light from secondary sources, such as a window on the landing leading to the second floor.

Photo: Brian W. Ferry
The Skinny coffee table (perfect for unauthorized doggy dining) by Prospero Rasulo for Zanotta is also a display board for Jeanette’s growing collection of Stig Lindberg and Bjorn Wiinblad ceramics.

The Skinny coffee table (perfect for unauthorized doggy dining) by Prospero Rasulo for Zanotta is also a display board for Jeanette’s growing collection of Stig Lindberg and Bjorn Wiinblad ceramics.

Photo: Dean Kaufman
In the master bedroom, a removable window provides egress, as required by code.

In the master bedroom, a removable window provides egress, as required by code.

Photo: Catherine Ledner
Even the family dogs have a comfortable resting spot just off the kitchen and dining room on the second floor of the house.

Even the family dogs have a comfortable resting spot just off the kitchen and dining room on the second floor of the house.

Photo: Dean Kaufman
Kansas City, Missouri, architect Matthew Hufft with his dogs, Blue and Coltrane.

Kansas City, Missouri, architect Matthew Hufft with his dogs, Blue and Coltrane.

Dawn Farmer looks out from her office at Darby, one of the couple’s two dogs, in the front yard. The house is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.

Dawn Farmer looks out from her office at Darby, one of the couple’s two dogs, in the front yard. The house is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.

Photo: Gregg Segal
Perched on top of a hill, the house is accessed by a long staircase that runs up to the exterior courtyard. The dogs, naturally, take their own route.

Perched on top of a hill, the house is accessed by a long staircase that runs up to the exterior courtyard. The dogs, naturally, take their own route.

Photo: Kamil Bialous

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