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10 designs for dogs, from miniature IKEA furniture to a canine-friendly staircase

Today is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate it being the year of the dog we've curated a selection of architecture and design projects created with man's best friend in mind.

House Renovation in Vietnam by 07Beach

This house in Ho Chi Minh City was renovated to include a special staircase for the owners' dogs, which features narrower treads and shorter rises than human stairs to make it more suited to canine strides.

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Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

Canadian architecture firm StudioAC focused on making room for a small house-shaped sleeping nook for the family dog, Rusty, when renovating this Toronto house.

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Withrow Laneway House by Studio North

Studio North built this two-storey residence in Calgary with various storage spaces integrated into the walls, including a lofted nook accessed by a ladder, and this circular opening for the family dog.

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Architecture for Dogs curated by Kenya Hara

Muji creative director Kenya Hara collaborated with a group of architects and designers including Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and MVRDV to come up with this series of architectural structures that are just for dogs.

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IKEA's first range of furniture for cats and dogs

After spying a gap in the market for reasonably priced but nice-looking pet products, Inma Bermudéz designed IKEA's first pet-only furniture collection, which includes a mini version of the iconic Klippan sofa.

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Nendo's Cubic pet accessories

Japanese studio Nendo designed a range of dog accessories that are suited for minimally furnished homes – providing an alternative to the typically garish toys that the firm considers to be dominating the market.

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S Residence by Soichi Yamasaki

A corner inside this Japanese home was designated as an enclosure for the family dogs to play and sleep, meaning the pets can be immersed in family life without making a mess around the house.

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Kläffer dog bed by Nils Holger Moorman

German furniture maker Nils Holger Moormann created a dog-sized version of his human-sized flat-pack beds, called Kläffer.

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Heads or Tails accessories by Nendo

Nendo's collection of transformable canine accessories include a dog bed, dishes and toys – all of which have dual uses thanks to a construction of triangular panels connected in a polygon mesh.

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The Dog Room by Michael Ong and Made by Pen

This pooch-proportioned wooden house by Australian design brand Made by Pen and Melbourne-based architect Michael Ong was designed to fill a gap in the market for affordable "designer dog kennels". It boasts a steeply pitched gabled roof and a form based on a child-like drawing of a home.

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