A Colorful Chess Set That Can Be Used in Multiple Ways

09.23.14 | By
A Colorful Chess Set That Can Be Used in Multiple Ways

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.

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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.

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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.

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