Bauhaus’s Intuitive Chess Set

If you have ever failed to remember a chess piece’s playing direction, then this is the chessboard for you. Designed by Bauhaus sculptor Josef Hartwig in 1923, the set’s pieces are formed to represent their particular function. This was accomplished by reducing the traditional shapes of the pieces into simple shapes, such as circles, crosses and squares.

Multiple versions of this chessboard were made under the same Bauhaus influence, which requires that designs be practical, durable, inexpensive and beautiful. Josef achieved just that and the beautiful wood set is just further proof of the Bauhaus’s dogmatic belief that form follows function.

Versions of the board are still created and sold today, but they don’t come cheap. You can purchase them from sites like: and


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