Pets & Their People features ‘how we met’ vignettes of dogs and their humans, uncovering the particularities of this relationship, from touching adoption tales to outlandish quirks.
Eny Lee Parker is a spatial designer that uses clay to create whimsical works of furniture, lighting and wearables. Her dog, Eames, is a four-year-old Cockapoo-Boxer mix (we think?), who loves his Wild One bed and harness a whole lot. We visited Eny’s new Brooklyn studio for a peek at recent designs and a chat with Eames. Our main takeaway? This duo knows good design when they see it.
Eames crawling on the table to retrieve his Walk Kit
WILD ONE: How did you meet Eames? Were you looking to adopt a dog?
ENY LEE PARKER: We adopted Eames on a trip to Georgia. We were visiting friends and stumbled upon a local shelter, where we immediately fell in love with Eames' mellow demeanor and strange appearance (he had a rat tail). My partner and I had wanted a dog for awhile, and when we saw Eames we just knew it was right.
WO: Is your relationship to Eames very parental?
ELP: It's more of a sibling relationship - I torment him a lot! He has this grandpa personality, and for some reason it makes me want to poke fun at him. We play tons of hide-and-seek. My partner holds onto him while I hide. When released, he rushes around until spotting me, then we race back to my husband to determine the winner.
WO: Does Eames influence your work? Have you ever designed dog furniture for him?
ELP: His biggest in-studio influence is keeping me calm. If something stressful happens, like a table cracks, his cathartic energy keeps me from freaking out.
As for dog furniture, I started to design a bed for him at one point, but they’re so hard to make! Eventually, I'd love to create something bespoke for him, maybe toys because of the interesting sculptural element.
WO: Tell us about your design background and unique style.
ELP: I studied interior design in undergrad and eventually went back to school for my master’s degree in furniture. During that time, I worked in retail and did design projects, slowly gaining a social media presence. I ended up doing a show in New York that led to the organic creation of my business, which I’ve officially had for two years!
I love the natural shapes hand building with clay produces. Most rooms are quite geometric, and furniture can bring fluidity.
WO: What does your typical day look like?
ELP: In the mornings, Eames and I go to Cooper Park in Brooklyn for off-leash time. After he plays with his dog friends, we head to the studio, and then he sleeps all day in his Wild One bed.