Barcelona-based creative studio VolDos typically applies their talents to restaurants, hotels and retail spaces. But when founders Marta Budó and Pepe Bustamante found themselves frustrated with a lack of pet products they could seamlessly integrate into their own homes, they decided to expand their services. “Our main idea was to provide our dog Scoot with comfortable quality products” explain Budó. VolDog was born to satisfy discerning humans while keeping pups happy, too, with a design-led collection made from sustainable materials.
Bowls, beds and canine houses are produced following the principles of circular economy: synthetics are swapped for plant-based fibres, natural dyes and earth-derived ores, like bauxite. Budó and Bustamante use recycled pre-consumer waste, such as water-repellent MDF salvaged from the wood industry and are investigating human hygiene performance tech like antimicrobial fabrics. That doesn’t mean their eco-approach sacrifices aesthetics. The designers turned to Danish textile brand Kvadrat—a darling of contemporary furniture design—to repurpose discarded fabrics to use in VolDog’s collars and leads.
Their world-bettering philosophy extends beyond products. “We were clear that if we could help community projects, we would,” Budó says. A portion of all sales support Projecte Empathia, a sanctuary for elderly dogs founded by architect-turned-animal activist Montse Bou.
VolDog’s holistic thinking reflects an emerging global shift that’s now a new norm: we should treat our animals to the same care we afford ourselves, not just in design, but in comfort, hygiene and quality of life.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019
Harrison Ford has taken on a role that was portrayed in the past by Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and Rutger Hauer before him: the character John Thornton in the latest cinematic adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild. John Thornton becomes a human companion to Buck, the big St Bernard-Scotch collie mix who’s the heart of the story. The two meet in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, and head off on an adventure into the great unknown together. Interestingly, Buck was portrayed using motion capture by Terry Notary, who you might recognise from that dinner scene in 2017’s Palme d’Or winning film The Square. Watch The Call of the Wild on Google Play, iTunes, and more.
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June 17, 2020