Growing up, my parents collected unique chess sets that they found throughout their travels. Though I haven't carried the tradition along in my own family, I've always been intrigued and charmed by the many, many forms a chess set can take. I'm particularly fond of this minimal, cherry and maple wood set from Lanier Graham, designed in 1966. I love how it reduces the pieces to such basic forms and symbols; it's no wonder that it resides in the MoMA's permanent collection! Luckily for us, it's re-emerged and is available for purchase. I may just have to get one!
Chess Set by Lanier Graham available from the MoMA Store: $65 / $52 for Members
[Price includes pieces only.]