The new joint Applied Craft and Design MFA program between PNCA and the Oregon College of Art and Craft has released its first graduating class into the wild, and everytime I turn around I find another graduate "practicum" project of theirs that catches my eye. First it was Laura Allcorn's Flux clothing lending project, and now it's Selja Ojanne's "Games You Live With."
This is just one of the sets of game pieces the Finnish-by-way-of-Minnesota Ojanne created, part of an exhibit on display at design-oriented housewares store Woonwinkel until the end of the month. The idea was to make games for the home that one wouldn't want to store away, thus the custom croquet course that's basically an area rug with detached "sand pits" and wooden wickets, with attractive wall-hung storage for balls and mallets, and a collection of balls that look as home on the sofa as a cluster of decorative pillows. Hit the break for a few more shots, and stop in at the store for the full experience.