BlockChess is an effort to create a modernist chess set designed for anyone who wants to learn to play chess with a simple, beautiful, and affordable set.
PROTOTYPES & PLAYTESTING
Credit Where Credit is Due
BlockChess is clearly inspired by some giants that have come before. Primarily, there is the set designed by Josef Hartwig while at the Bauhaus School in Germany. Walter Gropius, a founder of the school, taught that an object should be: practical, durable, inexpensive and beautiful. Josef's design was all of these things and more. The simplified figures themselves are a constant reminder of how each piece moves.
Then of course, there is a confluence of influences from some of my favorite and super talented folks in the world. House Industries, Invisible Creature, and Uncle Goose Toys.