Pet dwellings get that ever-trending mid-century modern makeover

What’s more “Millennial” than pampering your pet and upholding the tenets of mid-century modern design in the process? Enter these beautifully-designed animal houses, which are crafted with a modish design and provide a rather stunning living space for multiple animals (including birds and bees!) that further double as added decoration in any discerning living space.


In honor of World Bee Day on May 20th, Ikea-supported SPACE10 created Bee Home in collaboration with technology-driven design studio Bakken & Bæck and industrial designer Tanita Klein. You probably guessed it already, but the open source design project enables conscious consumers to build their own bee dwellings. You start on the dedicated Bee Home website, where you’ll design your bee home, download the specs, and share them with a local makerspace. The finished product is intended to give up to hundreds of solitary bees a place to make a home, ultimately allowing them to pollinate even more flowering plants. Their pollination, while certainly integral for the environment overall, specifically supports humanity’s food supply, rendering this project all the more essential.


The minimalist bird houses from Sourgrassbuilt just might be the envy of the humans who put them out. Douglas Barnhard, the creator behind these functional works of art, takes inspiration from mid-century modern architects as well as California’s skate and surf culture when building these artful little dwellings. While Barnhard’s works all offer perches and feeding troughs that are sure to draw birds, they’re also adorned with pops of bright color, terrarium walls, geometric screens, and other fun, mod accents. Barnhard also offers custom birdhouses that reflect the customer’s own home, even displaying their house number in modern metal numbers.


Crafty cat lovers will be excited to learn that Better Homes & Gardens has posted blogger Brittany Goldwyn’s Cat Cubby tutorial, with detailed instructions on how to create the perfect (purr-fect?) contemporary cat house that also doubles as an accent table. The cat cubby costs around $40 and took Brittany herself around five days to complete. The finished project looks like a mod wooden cube with metal legs and a hole in the middle that serves as the “front door” for cats. The tutorial breaks down everything that is needed to bring this cat corner to life, but participants are forewarned—it ranks as “kind of hard” on BHG’s difficulty meter.