How to design with chess pieces and chequerboards as inspiration

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I came upon this super-sized chess board masquerading as a side table by Content by Conran while mooching through the new look John Lewis near my house the other day. It reminded me that I'd lately seen a number of chess-inspired interior designs, all of which have attracted my inter

I came upon this super-sized chess board masquerading as a side table by Content by Conran while mooching through the new look John Lewis near my house the other day. It reminded me that I'd lately seen a number of chess-inspired interior designs, all of which have struck my interest as I fantasise of re-designing our home with a sleek monochromatic motif including clean lines, rounded corners, and plenty of glitz.

Slightly less subtle but typically Moooi is this side table version appropriately named Chess, with a full sized chess board ready to play on the upper surface. I feel a black white version on an Ikea-hack Lack table coming on…. ?

Tailored more to my budget are these fab candles shaped like chess pieces, liking these a lot! Available at ‘Do’ London, but mail order also.

Fang Studio has subtly incorporated the motif with Check Mate pendant lighting, which is meant to offer a candle glow from gold plated interiors and highlight the fact that, like chess pieces, lights must be strategically positioned to produce the greatest effects.

A 60cm tall gigantic silver King will add some glitz to your house, making it the ideal present for the guy who has everything (please forward the link to Kate Middleton!)

Alternatively, a set of chess piece art or a decal / transfer for a window will brighten up your walls. I like the concept of displaying these Ebay discoveries along a hallway wall with a black and white striped floor, or going up a monochromatic stairwell.

For a chess appearance, use simple checkerboard ceramic floor tiling, or vinyl tiles on less solid surfaces or if you're on a budget. Many colour schemes, from antique pastels to acid brights, look fantastic with this tiling texture on floors or walls. You may even do some painting on your own.

Not On The High Street has a Royal pair rubber wood carved salt and pepper set with the King grinding pepper and the Queen salting, which bothers me, therefore I'd have to have them the opposite way around. I'd wind up drinking pepper with my Tequila, which would never do.

And of course if you’re completely chess mad, you could go the whole hog and have the whole house as a chequerboard, like the architecture below – do you think it was intentional?

I adored the spectacular installation by Jaime Hayon for London Design Week 2010 featuring a super glam giant chess set in Trafalgar Square, gutted to have missed seeing it ‘live’:

 

 

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