For dog owners, a designated shelter for the furriest family member is a must-have. With many dog houses leaving much to be desired stylistically, finding a suitable home for Fido that isn’t a plastic igloo can be difficult.
This is where Alejandro and Sara Pijuan come to the rescue. The couple launched Pijuan Design Workshop (PDW) in 2012.
“I have always been fortunate enough to be around man’s best friend,” Alejandro says. “From my first dog, Cookie, to my current dog, Adilynn, I’ve always had a soft spot for our four legged-friends. What better way to show our appreciation for their happiness and never-ending tail wags when we get home than their very own house?”
The Los Angeles couple offers more than an affection for dogs. Both received their Masters of Architecture from the University of Southern California, and their training ensures their dog house design is as accurate a representation of midcentury style as possible.
“We both come from a background in architecture in which we value the integrity of design. PDW aspires to blur the lines between form and function,” he says. “As Mies van der Rohe once said, ‘I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.’”
“PDW takes its inspiration from our professional careers in architecture. I currently work for L.A.-based architecture firm Johnson Fain, where I am an Associate Senior Designer.” Alejandro says. “Working at Johnson Fain allows me to expand my knowledge of architecture while, conversely, my designing of dog houses also gives me a different perspective in design.”
Love For Modernism
As small business owners, the Pijuans have learned that, for them, designing is the easy part. “We are constantly working hard on getting our name and design out to the masses, while still concentrating on bringing the best design to the table.”
Both Alejandro and Sara are drawn to midcentury style for its clean lines, simple designs and the blurred line between indoor and outdoor living spaces. “In its simplest form, Midcentury Modern implores details that are structurally logical, such as exposed post and beam, which allows for more open, inviting spaces,” he says.
The duo bases their designs on these elements—creating dog houses fit for the furriest mid mod fans.
Mini Mid Mod
“When setting out to design a doghouse we start with two parameters, style and functionality,” Alejandro says.
Size is the first functional element they take into consideration. Using standard crate sizes as the basis for the house’s so-called living room, Alejandro and Sara are able to design for dogs of all sizes—from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds.
Then comes the fun part—adding in dog-friendly, functional amenities. “From accessible green roofs to partially covered sun decks to peek-a-boo windows and artificial turf, we design and integrate as much as we can,” he says.
Fully customizable, Pijuan Design Workshop can tailor your pet’s mid mod ranch to meet their needs as well as your style requests. Everything from their bowl placement to the house numbers and wood siding stain can be customized to suit man and man’s best friend.
For more dog houses and pooch-friendly designs, visit pdworkshop.com.