Small dogs Toy by Salvatore Solito

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Small dogs

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Toy

INSPIRATION:
My design it’s emotional and instinctive. The inspiration for my works became from a desire, an emotion or a memory. For this project, the inspiration became from a very special baby, my 3 years old daughter, Giò. Her desire to have a dog were the starting point for a product I realized, putting all the love I feel for her.“you… want a dog?” “ it’s impossible, our house it’s too small, we are always outside, it will be always alone, who will let it out? no no no, you and your mum do not deceive me this time…”. And it's the way DUDU, ETTORE and TOBIA were born.The “Small Dogs” are not only toys. They seem real, they round everywhere at home, you can find them as footrests, they sometimes became bedside tables, they sometimes sneak to the bathroom bringing magazines, they guard the door or watch TV…Dog it’s a toy which become a piece of furniture, you can find everywhere, when the hosts arrive.. it doesn’t hidden itself in the toy box,because otherwise it’s a mess, it is not ashamed to be a toy, it is dignified in manners, in colors and materials, it can stay in the living-room, in the kitchen, in the bedroom.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Unique is the sentiment which inspired the object and urged my instinctive creativity, my daughter’s desire for a dog. Normally, I put attention to the little things, little daily needs, little emotions, in this way I create healthy, pure and simple objects, aimed at the satisfaction of children and pleasantly useful for adults. Unique is the way to make the three-dimensional figure of the dog, through layers that are assembled and to give a touch of irony to the object.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Small Dog it’s not only a toy, or the concretization of a child's dreams: it’s so useful that it goes everywhere … walking… around the house. Mum uses it to reach the higher shelf, Dad brings it in the bedroom to lean his books and his mobile phone, which didn’t take place on the bedside, the kids move it in the bathroom to go up one step and to be able to wash their hands, then they move it to their rooms to ride it or to put the leash,for the elder brothers it’s a good place to put on all the remote controls, Playstation, Nintendo, decoders…

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2010 settebre in Tuscany, was completed in March 2011. was exposed to the Milan 2011 FuoriSalone

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Small Dog is shaped by numeric control machines, which cut the material, creating what I designed by CAD software. 5 pieces assembled only by wooden plugs: no screws, no bolts, no metal parts. Originally, I chose lacquered wood as raw material, but it can be played in a lot of different materials.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
400x200x350

TAGS:
salvatore solito,giò solito design, small dogs

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The breeds of small dogs suitable for home and more populars among children were observed. The specific characteristics of each dog and its true measurements have been collected. The result is the right balance of perfect forms. The impact on children is amazing: they play with Small Dogs in the way usually is prohibited to play with a real dog... they jump in horse or they pull the tail. The adults, however, are surprised at seeing in their in Small Dogs their child's desire never satisfied to owning a pet.

CHALLENGE:
The most difficult aspect of the design was to find the right balance and harmony of proportion in the measures of the Small Dogs, which had to be close as possible to the a real small dog, of a breed can stay fit at home. Over this, and over finding a right balance between the three races, it was not easy to study a design shape, that could be recognized as a piece of furniture and not only typical of a toy. It had to be simple and elegant, right also for the living rooms.

ADDED DATE:
2011-12-27 06:44:04

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Salvatore Solito, 2011.

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Small Dogs Toy by Salvatore Solito is a Nominee in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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Small Dogs Toy by Salvatore Solito is Winner in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2011 - 2012.

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