This chess set’s figures were inspired by their actual movements. It combines their both their character and their appearance in their traditional form. For example, the Bishop traditionally has a wedge removed its ‘head’, and the piece moves diagonally. From above, the piece looks like a cross. The King is able to move in any direction he pleases. But is limited to one square at a time. In contrast, the Queen can move across the board entirely. While the King stands tall and thin, the Queen’s might is demonstrated by her breadth, symbolizing her power and strategic benefit during chess.
Due to the blocks the figures are based on, the materials used needed to have a lighter character. Therefore I chose bamboo for one side and white matte for the other. The wood gives the figures a rougher surface, which is quite a different feel from the traditionally smooth pieces.
The wood gives the figures a rougher surface, which is quite the contrary to their straight-lined shapes.