Top 15 Original Chess Sets

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Top 15 original chess sets

The history of chess is more than 1500 years. It’s the oldest skill game in the world. Ancient chess are represented in the museums in all over the world. They are amazing. But times change. Nowadays modern art gives the artist more leeway in technical execution as well as concept expression and arrangements of design elements. There are no strict rules and obligations the artists must stick to. Today we have compiled a list of the most fancy and stylish chess sets modeled by different designers. Some of them you can buy though they might cost you a handful of loose diamonds. Some exists in a single copy. Enjoy!

Skeleton Key Chess Set

Skeleton key chess set. Design: Dave Pickett

Rubber chess set

Rubber chess set

Rubber chess set. Design: Buro fur Form

Wobble chess set

Wobble chess set

Wobble chess set. Design: Adin Mumma

Onda Chess Set

Onda Chess Set

Onda chess set. Design: Alvaro Uribe

Playmore chess

Playmore chess. Design: Fredrik Lund

Terrain alterable chess set

Terrain alterable chess set. Design: Tonfisk

Amorphous Organic chess set

Amorphous Organic chess set

Amorphous Organic chess set. Design: Alastair Mackie

Chess set for Tesla

Chess set for Tesla. Design: Paul Fryer

Pumpkin Chess

Pumpkin Chess

Pumpkin Chess. Design: Yayoi Kusama.


Design: Barbara Kruger

Eye for an eye

Eye for an eye

Eye for an eye. Design: Tunga

Auto part chess set

Auto part chess set

Auto part chess set. Design: Armando Ramírez

History Chess

History Chess

History Chess. Design: Boym

The Copper/Steel Contemporary

The Copper/Steel Contemporary.

Art Deco chess set

Art Deco chess set

Art Deco chess set.


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  1. john gabriel

    “Form follows function”. Although the sets make for decorative art, I doubt some of the designers even play chess. Part of successful design IMHO is to research the components and how they interact. At first glance I noticed four chessboards/pieces improperly set-up. I can’t be a fan of the work if the most basic details are ignored.

    As previous poster Mike stated, “… Not very practical. Nothing I would purchase.”

  2. Mike

    Very creative and unusual. Not very practical. Nothing I would purchase.

  3. Lou

    art deco set how much and where to buy?

  4. Pooper

    I really like that auto parts one… the peices are easy to distinguish and are also pretty badass

  5. Laz

    Crap. I agree with the first comment. Though you can technically play chess with them, no-one would want to – due to the sheer irritation value of not having clearly identifiable pieces that subscribe to a standard or that wobble etc. Too distracting. I don’t think any of them surpass the iconic simplicity and beauty of the Staunton design.

  6. mats

    None of these sets can be used for playing chess. They are not functional. But they are rather beautiful to keep on display. But none of thme come any near to the creativity and ultra-modernist beauty of the original Staunton design (functionality of staunton set is a bonus!). However, these sets are colorful and beautiful to look at.

    • watson

      i beg to differ…. since you can pick up the pieces and move them around, i’d say they were functional. just because you don’t like them…..

  7. Excellent! I’ll show some pictures on my website “Chess in Israel” –

  8. rosy

    those are the most awesome sets ive ever seen! Ever!

  9. Awesome post man!!! Very beautiful Chess Boards. Even the best ones that I have seen in my entire life.

    Thumbs up.

  10. Awesome chess sets. I am an artist who also creates chess sets.

  11. chilicuil

    beautiful, I may try to reply on of these so I can tech my niece to play chess

    • gokhul

      no mentoin

    • Name

      When is the Copper/Steel contemporary set going to be back in stock?

  12. saransh

    i want one thesee

  13. amjad

    where can i get the dimensions of the manray chess set

  14. i want one thesee. thanks for posting this IS cool

  15. two importants ones are missing, the bauhaus chess and the man ray chess.

  16. “Chess set for Tesla. Design: Paul Fryer”
    I like the idea of the light-up chess pieces, but I’m not sure how annoying it could be to have to keep slotting in the pieces each time you move.

    “Wobble chess set. Design: Adin Mumma”
    I like the orignality of the wobbling pieces … Mind you, again, it could become a bit irritating to play properly. But good for the novelty factor.

    “History Chess. Design: Boym”
    I like this one for the craftmanship that went into carving the pieces.

  17. Mark

    I like the origionality of them all. There are some that I am not sure would work very well. The Amorphous set looks like you could loose track of who is who very easily. The Tesla set would not last very long at all. The pluging and unpluging of the tubes would burn them out rather quickly, note the pawn of the blue side second in line! Besides some people (like me) like a drink while we play, not a good idea with that kinda voltage on the board. But it is a cool design for conversation sake. Last but not least is the Teeth!?! Unless you are a dentist or a mortition this would just not be a good way to keep track of your chop’s, unless you have a spare set of dentures to replace the ones that get lost! I think that the Wabble set and the Copper/Steel are my favorites. Oh and the Rubber set I think is a super idea for getting the kid’s interested in Chess witch is a good idea for any child to learn! Make-Um THINK!!!

  18. Nob

    Beautiful Collection.

  19. Nice collection, really innovative and out of the box.

    Manish :)

  20. Тим

    замечательный у вас блог, однако! =)

  21. lillegubben

    two importants ones are missing, the bauhaus chess and the man ray chess.

  22. Jeydess

    OMG.. really relly awesome [2]

  23. Salar

    Damn, these are worth playing!

  24. guna

    i want one thesee. thanks for posting this IS cool