Great design, but will it survive a wet dog?

Today is Nate Berkus Day, declared by Joy and Janet @moggitgirls. For those who don’t know, Nate is (was) Oprah’s designer and is now going to host his own design show on NBC in September.

Whoopie. Another celebrity interior designer with his own show.

But wait! This guy has dogs! This is an interesting twist for us out here in design-lemming-land.

What if every design episode starts off with the question, “Can this design survive a wet dog?” During the course of the episode — as the design is coming together — Nate does a variation on the design for people with dogs and people without. “If you don’t have a dog, that white Italian leather sofa is a good idea; if you do, why not consider this equally attractive but not as expensive pleather look a-like that is easier to clean?” that sort of thing.

Real people have dogs. And dogs play havoc with design. Unless you start the design with the ability to keep it looking clean and nice and work backwards. (inspired by this post by Paul Anatar. If you can’t clean it, don’t install it.)

5 Replies to “Great design, but will it survive a wet dog?”

  1. I love the ‘Hook’. I would watch this, even though I am a cat person. I am definitely going to ‘Stumbleupon’ this article. Well done.

  2. @Brian He should definitely do cats as well. Charlie has a cat named Snickers and she has made a mess of the top edge of the very expensive, cream-colored Italian leather sofa with her nails! My design solution? Cover the edge she likes to perch on with a fabric cover that is close to the same color as the sofa. Not a great solution so I’d be very interested in how Nate would solve the problem.

  3. @Jeannine I was thinking that he was the first “cross-over” designer but wasn’t sure and didn’t have the time to fact-check.

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