Naoki Yoshimoto invented this puzzle in 1971 after trying to discover a way to divide a cube equally. The result is a peculiar polyhedral dyad consisting of eight interconnected cubes that can be divided in multiple ways. As for those flashy metallics? No one can resist a shiny object! That's a universal truth.
Looking for something to do to break yourself out of your Turkey induced stupor? How about a nice civilized game of bocce with this limited edition set by New York based Fredericks and Mae. These are pretty much the best looking bocce set I have ever seen, and once they are gone, they are gone. I think that justifies the $250 AUD price tag.
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.]