K9 Shut Eye Dog/Cat sleeping place by Tom Kerpert

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
K9 Shut Eye

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dog/Cat sleeping place

INSPIRATION:
Observation of the natural sleeping position of dogs

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This dog bed is designed for ergonomics, easy cleaning and maintenance.It is safe for the animal and in the household, long lasting and 100% recyclable. it was designed to give a dog a comfortable and ergonomic sleeping place with the emphasis on prviding a "safe" feel by simulating a "nest"enviroment

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The unit is a single moulding with a metal tag attached to the top back. The tag has a field to have the name of the canine engraved giving the opportunity to have the unit personalsed with the animals name and giving the petshop the opportunity for additional income by engraving the tag

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in in 2007 in Johannesburg with initial concept designs and went into production towards the end of 2008 in Johannesburg

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Manufactured by rotamoulding in HDPE

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The unit is manufactured in 5 sizes 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1200mm nominal size

TAGS:
dog bed, rotamoulding, ergonomic

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The concept was born out of the idea to have a easy cleanable and maintainable sleeping place for dogs and cats. The unit had to be stable and inviting for the animal to accept it as a sleeping place. The shape was designed around the natural sleeping position of a dog givina also a "nest"efect to add to the feel of safety of the animal

CHALLENGE:
Finding the correct proportions of the unit and designing it in such a way as not to compromise the overal design with keeping the split line of the mould as simple as possible

ADDED DATE:
2011-08-12 00:06:47

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

K9 Shut Eye Dog/Cat Sleeping Place by Tom Kerpert is a Nominee in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

K9 Shut Eye Dog/Cat Sleeping Place by Tom Kerpert is Winner in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category, 2011 - 2012.

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