Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Just Designed a Seriously Stylish Sofa…for a Hamster
Does it come in our size?
Published Sep 26, 2022 5:24 PM
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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s greatest design tool isn’t a measuring tape or SketchUp—it’s a shrink ray. For their debut collection with PetSmart, the interior designers scaled down some of their favorite furniture pieces to be hamster-, fish-, and lizard-friendly. Since the couple knew that so many small-pet owners hide away their unsightly habitats in back rooms or basements, they pulled inspiration for the pieces from design greats such as Constantin Brancusi and items in their personal possession, like the Swedish shearling settee in their Montauk home. Now you’ll actually want your betta fish or guinea pig to hang out with you in the living room. “It was fun for us to be like, let’s shrink it all and figure out how we can create environments people could blend with their own design styles,” says Berkus.
From luxe crates to stealthy litter boxes, dogs and cats usually get all the love when it comes to making our pets feel at home, but this ultra-chic, 46-piece line was made for much smaller creatures. There are chewable wood towers, Brutalist reptile shelters, lush agave aquarium decor, and more finds starting at $6. Picture this: You get home from a long day at work and plop on the sofa for a quick snooze—and your gerbil is doing the same in a pint-size vegan leather version. Perk up your pets with these five clever finds.
For a Double-Duty Display
This handsome console isn’t just for looks. Brent and Berkus souped up the water-resistant piece with cord management, adjustable shelving, and a removable panel for easy viewing and access. It can also house up to a 20-gallon terrarium or 37-gallon aquarium at its core and still leave you with plenty of room for storage. “This really sums up what we’re trying to create,” Brent says. “Thoughtful, interesting design that can blend into anybody’s life.”
For Breakfast in Bed
When this sphere-accented feeding bowl isn’t in use by its reptilian diners, it also makes for a great place for sun worshipers to bask under the light.
For Little Loungers
Buyer beware: The hamster wheel you bought last summer won’t be getting much use thanks to this (adorable) addition to your small pet’s home. The tiny sherpa couch is made of polyester, but it feels like the real deal, and for especially rowdy critters, there is a clip in the back so you can tether it in place.
For Something to Chew On
We style our bookshelves and side tables with sculptures, so why not apply the same thoughtful touch to your little friend’s house? Now even the smallest animals can appreciate the arts with column-inspired, natural wood chews that maintain healthy teeth and alleviate boredom.
For an Alternative to Sunken Ships
As Berkus and Brent looked back on their travel experiences as part of the design process, images of ancient Roman ruins sparked an idea. As a departure from pirate vessels, mermaids, and neon orange accents that often appear in aquarium landscapes, the design duo wanted to create something elevated but still with a level of playfulness. Sophisticated yet stimulating for its inhabitants, this ceramic swim-through pot for fish makes us wish we were part of their world.