nThis game of chess with clean lines is typical of the timeless Bauhaus style. Josef Hartwig’s chessmen, designed in 1923; have characteristically reduced forms which, in contrast to commonly used figures; are symbols based purely on the function and form of the maneuver of each piece. Cubes, cylinders, and balls lead you to move by move to checkmate.
nAdults and children the world over, are inspired by the harmony of the visible and technical durability of these objects which in turn, encourage creativity and develop the senses during play.
nFascinating, aesthetic, ingenious. The objects possess all these features, yet each one has its own individual character. One first understands this when held in the hand. Apart from the concept behind them, it is the quality of the workmanship which makes Bauhaus play objects so special. Respect for the material, wood, and handcrafted with extreme care, result in this unique quality.
nModel XVI from 1924 the pawns are plain wood cubes.
nThe design of each piece combines two different forms of representation. First, they abstract the visual appearances of traditional chess pieces into simple geometric shapes. Second, the shape of each piece reflects how it moves: pawns and rooks move in straight lines and are represented as rectangular prisms, the bishops feature diagonal lines, the king has both straight and diagonal elements, and the knights are L-shaped.