Unusual and interesting chess set designs

renault chess

While it’s one thing to play chess with the regular pieces, it’s an entirely different experience with something-themed chess sets. If you’re a chess fan, you would probably love to play the game on a unique chess set. Here is a collection of some of the most unusual and interesting chess set designs we’ve come across. Hit the jump to see them all…

• Auto part chess set

auto part chess set

The cool chess set made of automobile parts.

• LEGO Castle Chess Set

lego castle giant chess set

Chess set for the Lego lovers.

• Wobble Chess Set

wobble chess set

The Wobble Chess Set allows for more interaction between the board and the pieces.

• ZeroGrav chess set

How about a game of chess in zero gravity?

• 3-way chess

3 way chess

Chess is no more a war between two kingdoms.

• Chess set by Jake & Dinos Chapman

chess set white black

This chess set shows the growing equilibrium where humanity is the winner.

• Damien Hirst’s chess set

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Damien Hirst explores the world’s obsession with mortality by casting medicine bottles in silver and glass with engraved labels on a mirrored glass board upon a surgical trolley.

• High Octane Chess Set

 high octane chess set

A chess set made from car parts is sure to put a smile on your face.

• DIY World’s Most Expensive Chess Set

diy chess set

A chess set made using only money. Notes for the board and coins for the pieces!

• The Royal Diamond Chess

royal diamond

Bernard Maquin’s Royal Diamond chess set is one of the most expensive chess sets in the world. It is made using 1168.75 grams of 14 carat white gold and approximately 9900 black and white diamonds.

• Formula 1 Chess Set

renault chess

Attractive chess set made of old Renault parts.

• Straight-up wall chess

straight up chess

A revolutionary way of playing and displaying your prized chess set.

• Alice chess set

alice chess

A chess set that features pieces that “magically turn transparent” when they touch the board.

• Democratic Chess Set

democratic chess

This high-tech set has a network camera built in to each piece that facilitates interaction between each other and a human player.

• Lord of the Rings Collectors chess set

lord of the rings chess

Calling all the Lord of the Rings fans! The Lord of the Rings Collectors chess set has every detail richly realistic and true to the Academy Award-winning epic film.

• Make your move – bathroom chess

make ur move

A wall-mounted chess set for your bathroom.

• Organic chess set

organic chess

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has designed this organic chess set with hand-painted porcelain pieces housed in a leather pumpkin case.

• Insect chess set

insect chess set

Alastair Mackie has made a chess set in which each piece encapsulates a single suspended insect. The white pieces are represented by flying insects.

• Charles Hollander’s Gold & Diamond Chess Set

charles chess set

The chess set is made out of gold and the king and queen are set with diamonds.

• Lamp parts chess set

chessset lamp

A 1968 chess set made from various disassembled parts from a lamp.

• Iraqi Quagmire Chess Set

hermann mejia iraqi chess set

This one hardly looks like a chess set.

3 thoughts on “Unusual and interesting chess set designs”

  1. Dear Designbuzz,

    Nothing particularly important but I the image you have of my chess set above (close up with insects) is a computer generated moc-up of the piece – which should never have been released online. Is there an email address I can send the real image so it can be swapped?

    I hope that’s ok – Alastair

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