At the 2007 Salone Satellite in Milan, these pieces were based roughly on the shape of a dog, in different sizes and positions.
Pack Of Dogs Furniture
above: Pack of Dogs pieces as they were first introduced
The characters, named after famous Mexican wrestlers (Dos caras Jr, Aguayo, Superastro, El Santo, Alushe and Mistico) follow you around your house or office, and may work as a side table, stool, bench, bookshelf, magazine rack, newspaper holder, bookends, etc. By the way each piece is used, and the objects that interact with it, a different story is told.
The pieces were manufactured by way of traditional woodworking techniques using scraps of solid wood such as tzalam, ash, red oak, poplar, alder, walnut, and pine.
above: the teak version now being produced by Proteak.
Now, with a slightly different design, the pieces are being manufactured and mass produced in teak by Proteak. The pieces shown below are made of FSC certified young teak.
In September of 2007, during the Designboom’s “Handled with care” exhibition at the London Design Festival, NEL showed their collection “Pack of dogs”. This time the pieces were made in ceramic.
The “Pack of dogs 2” is a series of ceramic multifunction pieces based roughly on the shape of a dog, in different sizes and positions. These characters, named after famous Mexican wrestlers (/Dos caras Jr, Aguayo, Superastro, El Santo, Alushe /and/ Místico/) may work as a side table, stool, bench, bookshelf, magazine rack, newspaper holder, bookends, etc.
The Pack of Dogs collection is now being manufactured by Pirwi, using FSC certified young teak from Proteak. Please visit Pirwi’s website for more information.
The Pack of Dogs collection is available in the US through Kirk Gallery in Austin.
As far as I can tell, the ceramic version is not being mass produced.
Pack of Dogs designers: Ricardo Casas, Héctor Esrawe, Emiliano Godoy, Cecilia León de la Barra, Óscar Núñez
NEL is a platform for experimentation formed by an evolving collective of Mexican designers. The collective serves as a channel to create and exhibit projects that focus on the conceptual and playful side of design. The organic nature of the collective allows for an ever changing pool of designers, which in turn generates a wide variety of projects that range from political statements to playful storytelling or aesthetic explorations.
UPDATE: NEL is now Pirwi and more information about their furniture can be found here