XYZ Integrated Architecture
, who are also the creators of the 60 Red Chair
, have created Chess Collection
– four chess sets that can be set on the floor, on the table, or played vertically.
Unlike standard chess sets, the chess board doubles as a tray. Using various colorful fruits, eggs, or any other item of a similar shape, one can create an unusual and distinct pattern on the chessboard.
The chess pieces themselves were stripped down and “simplified to the utmost”. Mostly conical, it personally reminds me a bit of a gnome’s hat. Most of them bear some resemblance to the classic chess pieces, whereas the king and queen have exaggerated sexual characteristics. The pieces come in a gradient of red and grey, which represents the contrast between cold and warm.
How adorable is this chess set by XYZ Workshop? Loosely based on Bauhaus-style chess pieces, this 3D printed set cleverly incorporates nature into an otherwise serious game. Each piece can hold a different herb or succulent, giving each its own unique personality. The strong geometric shapes of the planters are softened by the natural elements.
The chess set can be used indoors and out, and it’s up to the players to also choose whatever textures, colors, and smell belong to the pieces.
Winner of the October 2013 Chess-Pen Competition, you can download this template for free! Of course, you need to have a 3D printer available for use…
What herbs would you put in your chess pieces?
The pieces in this chess set by American designer Stefan Gougherty are formed from voids drilled into transparent acrylic blocks (+ slideshow). (more...)