Last summer, Swedish furniture retailer Ikea recalled a water-dispensing pet bowl after two dogs died tragically while using them. That product was developed in by a designer Inma BermudÃ©z in tandem with trained veterinarian Barbara SchÃ¤fer. This week, the company announced that it would be adding more products to the Lurvig line, of which the original water bowl was a part.
The line will see releases from October into the spring of 2020. Among them include wallet-friendly cat houses, pet carrying bags, travel bowls, and luxurious sleeping cushions. This line only includes round vessels made of plastic, stoneware, and stainless steel.
BermudÃ©z and SchÃ¤fer worked on the Lurvig line for its second run, too. Ikea released a statement saying their goal was to design items from a pet’s point of view.
“The biggest challenge is not to humanize pet products,” said SchÃ¤fer. “It’s really important to use animals’ natural needs and behaviorsâlike how they sleep, eat, or playâas starting points. Then we can design a product that fits in with our ‘human needs,’ such as style and form.”