Design Goes to the Dogs with BARKitecture

Featuring innovative indoor animal shelters designed by local architects and artists going up for auction, the event at PerLora raises money for Animal Friends.

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Design is really going to the dogs (and cats) at PerLora. 

The furniture store, which has locations on the South Side and the Strip District, is once again hosting BARKitecture, a fundraiser to benefit Animal Friends in Pittsburgh. As part of the event, local architects, designers and artists design indoor animal shelters — such as dog houses or cat trees — which then will be auctioned off. 

After the success of their first BARKitecture event in 2013, Quinn Brant, an interior designer at PerLora, says the business decided to give it another go — this time with the hopes of raising $15,000.

“We categorically plan to host the Pittsburgh BARKitecture events indefinitely for the future,” she says.

The main event takes place May 22 at PerLora’s South Side location. Prior to the auction, interested parties can view the structures, which will be on display from April 25 through May 12.

Planning for the event started in mid-January with an info session and a “yappy hour.” Interested parties also were invited to meet with the event coordinators at PerLora on the South Side. By Jan. 30, they had to submit a concept sketch. The final structures are due this week.

Teacup pet shelter by Mike Korsak

There currently 11 different local design teams participating in the project, among them Moss Architects, Studio 109 and Desmone Architects.

The live auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. The catered event will include wine and tapas from neighboring Mallorca as well as sandwiches and desserts donated by PPG. Tickets for the auction are $30 and are available online here or by calling PerLora at 412/431-2220. Primary sponsor Lamar Advertising donated three billboards to the event.

Also up for auction are a dog and cat gift basket donated by PetValu, an overnight stay for two from ACE Hotel and a “staycation” from the Hotel Indigo and Eliza restaurant that includes dinner and an overnight stay for two.

“[It’s] a great combination of interests: animals, houses and design ” says Coldwell Banker real estate agent Patrick Benton, whose company is one of the event sponsors.


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