This pet house is designed like an accordion with silicone and magnets so it can be flat-packed!

Most people avoid using pet houses in their homes because it takes up too much space and they can’t tuck it away like they can with the pet beds. But Accordio is here to solve that dilemma, it is a portable, flexible, accordion-like pet house that can be expanded for your pet’s use or flat-packed away if you have guests over!

Accordio’s form drew inspiration from the designer’s niece who had a silicone bowl plate. “I was intrigued by its flexibility and portability. After some research, I found that silicone also has a fascinating collapsible feature, which was later adapted into a foldable house,” explains Seong. The unique pet house is a study in portable pet furniture. The silicone makes it super lightweight and gives it a distinct collapsible feature. Silicone not only makes it easy to carry along for outdoor activities or travel but is also very easy to clean. Accordio can be compressed into 1/6th of its full size by pushing both sides. The fabric cushion included conveniently fits into the collapsed form for portability.

The biggest challenge was keeping the pet house in a flattened shape when it is collapsed. Seong explored several ways like as snap buttons, straps, and more. But amongst all of them, magnetic frames were chosen to be the ideal final solution because they provided structural stability as well as visual clarity. There are a total of eight magnetic frames in Accordio’s structure and each magnetic frame is reinforced for stability. When collapsed, these frames adhere to each other and keep it compact.

Accordio Pet House by Yongwook Seong is Winner in Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design Category, 2020 – 2021.

Designer: Yongwook Seong