Dog Kennel Pet sleeping place by Tom Kerpert

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Dog Kennel

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Pet sleeping place

INSPIRATION:
Crating a safe comfortable place for your pet inspired by natural caves

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
ergonomic, easy cleaning and maintenance, safe, long lasting, 100% recyclable,the double wall design gives very good insulation in hot and cold climates, easy assembly and disassembly, the roof attaches with a clip in function for ease of removal and cleaning, the bottom tray has been designed for future upgrade to underfloor heating by being filled with water and the addition of a low voltage element for colder climates

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The unit can easily be assembled with 4 screws, the roof has a clip on feature for ease of removal to facilitate cleaning, a future upgrade is possible by filling the bottom tray with water and insertion of a low voltage element connected to a transformer

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2008 in Johannesburg with initial concept designs and went into production in 2009 in Johannesburg

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Manufactured by rotamoulding in HDPE

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
external dimensions are 600x900x800, the unit is shipped disassembled and requires 4 screws for assembly which are supplied with the unit, the whole unit ship's as one shrinkwrapped package

TAGS:
dog kennel, rotamoulding

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Being a dog owner myself I found all dog kennels on the market inadequate for the hot climate in South Africa. Problem 1 - Insulation - Solution - double wall design Problem 2 - Transportability - Solution - easy assembly from parts Problem 3 - Cleaning - Solution - easy removable roof for ease of access for the top instead of the entrance At the same time the possibility of modifying the bottom part for underfloor heating for future export to colder climates was incorporated Rotamoulding was chosen for manufacture to reduce tooling costs and produce easy cleanable parts in HDPE, the kennel also had to be 100% recyclable

CHALLENGE:
Finding the correct proportions of the unit to create a pleasant space for the animal and giving it the feeling of safety. Designing the parts for ease of assembly and mouldability. Ensuring that the disassembled parts pack into a compact unit for shipping

ADDED DATE:
2011-08-11 23:34:23

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Tom Kerpert

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tom Kerpert, 2011.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
designed by my studio D.D.I. for Accelerate Design (Pty)ltd a rotamoulding company

PROFILE:
D.D.I. Design Development Implementation A Design Studio active mainly in the plastics industry working from concept to final tooling with my clients. The client is a rotamoulding company distributing under their own name to the pet industry and producing general rotamoulded parts like tanks and barriers

NOMINATION DETAILS

Dog Kennel Pet Sleeping Place by Tom Kerpert is a Nominee in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Dog Kennel Pet Sleeping Place by Tom Kerpert is Winner in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category, 2011 - 2012.

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