Furniture designer Maya Khaira loves her dog, a chocolate Lab mix named Roxie. But she didn't love some of the stuff that comes with living with a pet -- such as ugly dog bowls that clashed with her decor.
"For a person like me who's into midcentury modern design, the available dog things didn't fit with my home," Khaira said. They were either mass-produced plastic or too "precious and cute," she said.
"I couldn't find what I wanted, so I designed it myself."
Khaira's bentwood bowl stands, which she laminates and fabricates, are based on the iconic Eames bentwood chair. She makes the stands in two finishes, maple and zebrawood, and sells them at www.roxiedoggie.com.
At her Minneapolis home, Khaira mixes vintage midcentury furniture and accessories with her modern designs, including her Danish Runner chair, a maple-and-strapping creation she made while studying in Copenhagen, and her aluminum Flip Table/Bench, with upholstered cushions that can be flipped up for seating or concealed under the tabletop. She finds color inspiration in vintage photos and fabrics.
Getting Roxie, "the world's sweetest dog," has made Khaira more home-centered, she said.
Khaira also has taken up daily running to give high-energy Roxie the exercise the dog craves. "She's been a great inspiration for me, and a great business decision," Khaira said. "The universe put her in our lives."