Tony Dunworth, director of Graphical House says, ‘The whole idea was to reinterpret a classic game, and we were taken by dominoes as we‘re graphic designers – we work in symbols and marques. Derek’s a craftsmen so its ideal for both of us to express our qualities.’
We reckon they’ve pulled it off. As a graphics project Graphic House has considered the design through grid structure, graphic marks and numeric systems.
The Sempahor is Birch ply with white laminate dominoes in a card box with unbleached cotton bag.
Oblique comprises Douglas Fir and grey laminate dominoes in a leather and suede pigskin case, which holds the form of the packed dominoes beautifully.
With function, tactility and resilience also front of mind, the collaborators were moved by the dominoes’ portability ‘at home, in the pub or on the coffee table’ they say.
In fact, rather sweetly, they say, the dominoes’ ‘potential to travel means they will wear, they will collect evidence of their stories and develop a unique character from the use that you give them.’
If at the 11th hour you’re still asking yourself, ‘What do I get for the designer who has everything?’ maybe the answer is a set of these.
Each set, made in Scotland, is available from www.semaphor-oblique.com