Observing that the Jack Russell Terrier is most happiest and most comfortable on its master’s clothes, Torafu Architects designed a piece of furniture for the dog. Making use of the scent on our old clothes, the architects created a wooden frame over which you could stretch on old t-shirt or sweatshirt to create Wanmock (wan is woof in Japanese): a hammock for your best friend. The elasticity of the fabric envelops the dog’s body as the smell and feeling of the fabric sets it at ease.
Wanmock is part of Architecture For Dogs, a project invented by architects and designers to create a sincere collection of architecture to make dogs and their owners happy. Co-founded by Kenya Hara (of MUJI fame) and Imprint Venture Lab, the project enlisted 13 luminary architects from Japan and around the world (Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma and Torafu, just to name a few) to create a doghouse.
One of those designs – the Wanmock Kit – is now available through the Spoon & Tamago shop. Simply pull an old t-shirt, sweatshirt or sweater over the wooden frame. The elasticity of the fabric will envelops the dog’s body as the smell and feeling of the fabric sets it at ease.
The hammock, like all the designs, were created with a specific breed in mind, Wanmock will work with any dog 10-15 in tall at the shoulder and 14-18 lbs. (The breed specificity was not meant to exclude mutts or larger dogs, but rather to aid the designers by giving them clear parameters.)
If you’re interested in the Architecture for Dogs project, it’s currently on display at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Japan. The show opened last month and is on view through May 5, 2015.