A London Skyline Chess Board

Designers Ian Flood and Chris Prosser have had a rather capital idea – creating a chess set with each piece representing an iconic component of the London skyline.

The chess board
The chess board

The buildings have been chosen to represent their chess piece both in terms of their scale and their historic and architectural significance to London.

The Shard as the queen
The Shard as the queen

The project follows in the footsteps of Pentagram partner Daniel Weil’s redesign of the chess set, which was also inspired by classic architecture.

The pieces are hand cast, then reproduced with 3D printing.

The Gherkin bishop
The Gherkin bishop

Among the buildings that have found their way onto the chessboard are the Gherkin, which represents the bishop thanks to its tall, imposing form; and the London Eye, acting as the Knight to reference the objects’ shared omniscient capabilities.

The London Eye as the knight
The London Eye as the knight

A ubiquitous London terraced house plays the role of the pawn.

Pawn
Pawn

‘Skyline Chess was conceived as a way of creating beautiful, carefully crafted objects, which embody both our passion for architecture and the game of chess’, say the designers.

‘We believe that as individual objects they are beautiful and when arranged across the board represent something unique. What better way to topple the might of the King than with a humble pawn, or in this case Canary Wharf being placed in check by a terraced house’.

King
King

Having created the London skyline, Flood and Prosser now say they have ‘visions of world domination’.

Big Ben as the rook
Big Ben as the rook

They hope that in future, players will be able to pit one city against the other, and are looking to create other city skylines including New York, Paris and Rome.

Snap shot of box and pieces
Snap shot of box and pieces

To support the project and find out more visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1291653896/skyline-chess-bringing-the-city-to-your-chess-boar/

The chess board
The chess board

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