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Title:Dogs’ participation in human social life: Furniture design for dogs
Author(s):Yan, Jie
Advisor(s):Sethi, Suresh
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art and Design
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Companion dogs, furniture design, human & canine
Abstract:A growing number of study has shown that dogs are considered as close family members and sometimes are embraced as surrogate children. With that, people like to provide them with the best affordable products in the available market. Before adopting a dog, the first thing that comes in one's mind might be the dog crate, not just a transportation method but a significant aid to creating a systematic structure for dogs and dog owners. However, few products meet the requirements of both functional and aesthetic need. Most available products offer practical solutions but lack comfort and compassion in function and look, while being incohesive with the current home décor trend. Moreover, misevaluation of the crate size by dog owners might result in undesired purchases as the dog grows with age. "PUPZZLE" is the combination of "puppy" and "puzzle." The design goal is to create a modular dog furniture system. It has eight types of components for people to choose from to customize their own ideal dog crate/house/bed which can be adjusted. A wide range of patterns and colors collection are available as well. In this way, dog owners can always design what they want to suit their home and build a better harmony between them and their dogs.
Issue Date:2018-07-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Jie Yan
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-27
Date Deposited:2018-08

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