Bad Marlon can simply do no wrong. Best known for creating lush places for pups to take a rest, from sleek dog houses to felt cabanas with microfibre cushions, their attentive eye for aesthetics is matched only by a keen understanding of canine needs. And now, they’ve made good on a collection of adorably minimalistic dog toys.
“Everyone forms attachments to their toys and beds when they’re young,” designer Ji Yeon Yu says. “It’s the same for our pets. We wanted to create something they would love forever.” Moo is a cute, plush creation in three styles: one that rustles and two that squeak. “Toys are the only thing dogs can claim as their own, both as a plaything and a dear friend,” Yu says. Formed in soft white cotton, they’re the perfect size to cuddle and of course, gently maul in their mouth.
In two hand-carved toys made from hard maple, walnut and ash, Yu reinterprets objects found in nature. Acorn-shaped Dotori contains a loose wooden ball to rattle up curiosity while Hazelnut plays to the classic game of tug and chew. Each is designed to endure over years of use. And if your fur-kid is the kind to dig up the yard instead, Bad Marlon has created Dotoriham, a small wooden container for keepsakes of all sorts.
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a joyful title designed for music, pop culture and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020