You're due for a new hobby. How about curator one of these spectacular Nature Aquariums ($TBD) from Aqua Forest Aquarium in San Francisco. Instead of the usual gravel-and-ceramic-sunken-ship styling of your average fish tank, these aquariums are professionally designed with real aquatic plants to create stunning natural dioramas. We're sure one of these things will run you a boat load, but you can't put a price on zen like this. [More Photos | via]
Calling your cat "Mr. Sweet Pants" all day long is not manly. Letting him play with these gloomy toys is. The Little Dead Things set ($14) includes four recycled leather cat toys — a dead mouse, a dead bird, one human brain, and one zombie. They're made to order in your choice of leather and thread colors. [via]
If you really love your pet, and have a similar affinity for great design, you might consider checking out Eddie's Room ($600). This stylish and modern pet house is made from furniture grade walnut or white acrylic, and features a simple rectangular shape with a single round hole for the doorway. It might not fall under the traditional definition of a dog house, but isn't that the point?
Make sure your pooch has as much fun on your afternoon picnics as you do with the Charlybox ($60). Split into halves, the 'box uses one half as a two-liter canteen, while the other features two bowls for water and food. Made of injection-molded shatterproof plastic, it's sure to hold up to even the most playful of pups.
You can't always be home when your pooch needs a potty break, but with the UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty ($35), at least it won't be messing up your floors. The base is sturdy enough to support any dog, and the grates make sure your pup's paws stay clean. When you get home, simply remove the grates, dispose of the newspaper underneath, and be happy that you're not trying to get some funky smell out of your carpet. [Thanks, Tyler]
Unless you have a purebred dog and the papers to back it up, you're probably curious to know exactly where your pooch came from. The Canine Heritage Breed Test ($65) lets you do just that, using a DNA-based diagnostic test that can genetically determine the breed composition of your dog. Just use the included DNA CheekSwab to get a sample from inside your dog's mouth, send it in to the company, and 4-6 weeks later you'll have a full Certificate of Breed Analysis that provides a way better understanding of your dog's ancestry. [via]
If your pooch lives a more luxurious life than you, perhaps it would like the Mija Dog Bed ($1370). Made from 10mm thick acrylic and featuring a pillow filled with shredded memory foam that's covered in faux suede, we're pretty sure this bed would be comfy for humans as well — if only they made one big enough.
We're big fans of aquariums, but it's somewhat difficult to find original-looking setups. The Aloha Tiki Aquarium ($430) is anything but ordinary, with a cylindrical aquarium inside of a carved, detailed Tiki statue. It comes with all the necessary components to create a salt-water environment including synthetic sea salt, sand, and a submersible heater, and can also be ordered for freshwater fish if desired. Never have a boring aquarium again.
If you have a kitty at home, you know that scooping out the cat litter is one of the less glamorous parts of being an owner. Well, not anymore. The Cat Genie Automatic Litter Box ($355) is an automatic litter box, taking all the liquid and solid waste out of the reusable granules, and flushing the waste away. If that wasn't enough, it uses hot air to dry the used granules (after a washing, of course) and sprays a special solution to sanitize the box and other granules. Sounds like heaven, for both you and your kitty. [via]
Okay, so this one wasn't really designed by Le Corbusier, but if you have a couple of his chairs around your living room, this will fit right in. The Le Corbusier Dog Bed ($210-$750) is styled after his famous steel-framed, squared chair and comes in four colors, all with removable, washable covers. The steel frame is available in black or the classic chrome, and we're sure your pup will just love getting his own spot in the living room.
Inspired by designers Charles and Ray Eames, the modern Contour dog bed ($500-$780) provides your pampered pooch with a cooler place to chill than you're own furniture. it comes in several different color combos, including lizard skin pattern side panels and micro-suede removable/reversible cover. The cover is machine washable and can be easily zipped on and off. The high-end model comes with an aluminum frame. [via]
As long as our golf game still needs work, it can't hurt to find innovative new ways to practice. One of these new ways we've found is the Doggie Driver ($30). It's function is simple — when you take the loaded club for a swing, the tennis ball pops out in the desired direction for your pooch to retrieve. Since there's no contact with the ball on reload, you don't have to deal with a messy, drooled-on ball, and the whole time you'll be practicing your swing. Sweet. [via]