Maison & Objet 2018: Playing With Cities

A selection of games and decor that bring iconic metropolises home

From street signs to familiar buildings, color palettes, bridges and more, many cities around the world are instantly recognizable through their iconic visual components. At this year’s Maison & Objet, we found several ways in which designers are bringing these big cities into homes beyond the traditional souvenir. From card games to puzzles and decal-style artworks, here are a few ways to fit familiar skylines …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Photographing cannabis, ocean-friendly Jenga, self-flying helicopters and more

1. How to Freeze Soap Bubbles in Winter Weather A craze transfixing photographers lately: capturing the freezing process of soap bubbles in winter weather yields orbs with glorious, unexpected patterning. No two bubbles are the same, and footage at Fstoppers reveals as much. They also provide extra insight and include a video from photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj—revealing that photographing these bubbles is the easy part, but …

Jenga Ocean, a Game Made from Recycled Fishing Nets

Taking eco-friendly to new heights, Jenga Ocean is the first-ever game made from recycled fishing nets. Each set is produced from 25 square feet of nets sourced via Bureo’s Net Positiva recycling program, and the results don’t sacrifice design—the all-black blocks feature threatened animals hand-drawn by Lake Buckley. It can be played in the same way as the Jenga you already know and love, but …

Joy Manufacturing Co’s “Ambition: A Minuet in Power” Game

Play the role of a woman of fashion in pre-revolutionary France, on PC and Mac

Undeniably, some of the best storytelling shared today occurs in the world of independent video games. A testament to this, “Ambition: A Minuet in Power,” allows players to enter the world of pre-revolutionary France, where parties are battlefields, information is power and a central heroine named Yvette Decaux navigates it all. Beyond a meticulous, layered realization, the game also iterates a different world every time …

Video Game That Teaches People Not to Touch WOC’s Hair

Created by Momo Pixel, “Hair Nah” is a retro-style video game that teaches people not to touch black women’s hair. Players select their character’s skin tone, hairstyle and location and then have to swat away invasive and prying hands. For those who finish the game, there’s an important message: “The game is over, but this is an issue black women face daily. So a note …