Congo Squares Bench: A Seat and Chess Board in One

Besides having a really fun name (it kinda makes me think of Conga), the Congo Squares bench, by Atelier Astúa, is a piece of furniture and a game in one!


On the surface, the bench merely looks like a chess board without the pieces. However, there’s a simple mechanism that allows the chess pieces to pop up when you’re ready to play. When you’re done playing, the users can decide themselves how to compose the seating area. They can either put one color on each side of the chess board or mix both colors, which are the different types of wood. So fun!







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