Decisive for the further development of design and architecture in the 20. Century was without a doubt the art education program of the legendary " Bauhaus es". The philosophy of the interlocking of artistic, manufacturing and social dimensions is considered a fundamental turning point towards "industrial design".
And like so many results of the Bauhaus, the chess game with its clear lines also seems absolutely timeless and has consequently developed into a classic. Not least because the checkered, reduced checkerboard look already looks like a Bauhaus design. Josef Hartwig's figures from 1923 are characterized by reduced forms. Dice and balls guide you through the moves to checkmate. The shape of the game pieces is no longer determined by historical models, but solely by their function in the game. The rules of the game should be easy to understand for everyone, including beginners.
"The new game pieces are made up of the basic stereometric shapes: cube and ball. Individually or combined, they indicate the pace through their shape and the value through their volume. The pawn and the tower move at right angles to the edge of the board, expressed by the cube. The knight moves at right angles in a hook shape, right-angled cube arrangement. The bishop moves diagonally to the edge of the board: an inclined cross cut from the cube. The king moves at right angles and diagonally: a small cube over a larger one. The queen, the most flexible piece, consists of a cube and a ball ", commented Hartwig on his work.
Naef Spiele AG manufactures the Bauhaus toys based on the original designs.
- Design: Josef Hartwig
- 32 figures in wooden box: 44 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm
- Chess board: 36 x 36 x 1.2 cm
- Material: wood