Minimalism sometimes relies on deconstructing and reinterpreting of classic designs to form contemporary iterations. Fascinated and inspired by negative spaces, these custom chess-sets by American industrial designer Stefan Gougherty challenges the way we look at the traditional game of chess. Using the method of carving, voids were extracted out of transparent acrylic cubes and then painted to create the modern silhouettes of the standards. The hollow centers also allow these pieces to be strung together for storage. While the new images might seem offensive to a chess player due to the abstraction of forms, they do indicate the forward movement of design and make us rethink about the normality of everyday life. I completely love this idea of taking things out of contexts to reform the thoughts of their users. What is chess without some thoughts, right?
Categorized “Chess set”
A while back, we posted about the Bauhaus Chessmen. One of our readers shared yet another minimalist chess game with us: the 1966 chess set by Lanier Graham. Similar to the Bauhaus Chessmen, Lanier’s set has pieces shaped in such a way that they represent how they should move: the knight has an L-shape, for instance. On top of that, the pieces are also designed in such a manner that they fit snugly together in the box, like a puzzle, and thus taking us minimal space. Impressive. (Thx, Pawel!)