This design project breaks the rules of a traditional chess set in terms of shapes and structure. The goal was to explore the limits of simplifying a travel chess set while keeping tribute to the original identities and colours of the pieces.
The travel set includes 32 chess pieces, a game board, a box for the pieces, and a final outer container for the set. The stylised figures are designed to be recognisable by their 'heads' and difference in their sizes which takes after the original, well-known versions. To make them more outstanding on the game board, the colour red was chosen in addition to black and white (making a contribution to the origins of chess where the opponent of black was red, hence including traditional elements with the modernist take). The structure of the board is different from the other travel sets because it provides stability without the usage of magnets. Using only paper and geometry, the board secures the pieces to the fields, preventing them from getting knocked over. After the game is done, the flexible structure allows the board to be folded in an octagonal shape, and slide back in the outer box. In case someone has difficulties recognising the pieces or are beginners, and need help with getting to know how they can move, illustrations and instructions can be found on the side of the smaller bow that holds the pieces.
The hand made paper model, turned out light and eye-catching. It's not just easy to assemble, but thanks to the flexible structure, it's convenient to carry and doesn't take up a lot of space. Despite the unconventional design, it allows players to fully enjoy their game anywhere they please.