Herman Miller recently hosted its annual Magis Puppy Design Challenge in New York City, collaborating with local A&D firms and raising money for Social Tees Animal Rescue. 19 of New York’s top architecture and design firms including Gensler, HOK, Mancini Duffy, Perkins Eastman, CallisonRTKL, TPG Architecture and more, came together in a spirit of friendly, canine-focused competition.
In the weeks leading up to the event, each entrant used their creative talents to reimagine their very own Magis Puppy, the cherished plastic dog statuette originally created by designer Eero Aarnio for Magis’ children’s line in 2004. Each firm’s Puppy faced a panel of judges, which this year included Social Tees Animal Rescue director Samantha Brody, television personality Robert Verdi, designer Ellen van Dusen and We Gather founder Whitney Crutchfield.
Vocon’s plush “Cat” was awarded Best in Show, MKDA’s wax-coated “Puppy Tussaud” received Best Handler; Corgan’s “Nopuchi” was named Top Dog for its take on the iconic glass-top Noguchi table and Nelson’s space-themed “Rover” received the 2019 People’s Choice award. The night commenced following a live auction, in which all 19 Puppies found their forever homes with the highest bidders – raising a total of $4,000 for Social Tees.
Photos: Courtesy of Herman Miller