david chiesa references milanese skyline to create 3D-printed chess set
all images courtesy of david chiesa
observing how milan has evolved in the past five years, from a very low skyline to one that now has skyscrapers that silhouette in the central part of the city, designer david chiesa has created a 3D-printed chess set that instead of using the normal figurines, uses the new and historical buildings that make up the city of milan. the idea that these modern structures can live side by side, not only in the physical reality but also in a miniature world motivated the designer to create this set.
david chiesa shows an admiration for both the old and new landmarks of milan
the exploration of these new landmarks combined with an admiration to the old ones led david chiesa to produce six different chess pieces that encompass skyscrapers, towers, palaces and monuments. while being in use during a chess game, their constant movement offers and illusion of an urban skyline that is not fixed, but continually evolving and changing in a horizontal surface.
from left to right: unicredit tower, diamon tower, velasca tower, castello sforzesco, duomo, arco della pace
the sets are available in either the 6-piece micro version or the full 32-piece and can be found online here. chiesa has plans to expand the reach of his milanese skyline saying that, ‘I’m planning to distribute the chess board here in milan for the six months of EXPO2015 in shops, museums, and at EXPO gates and so on. this project is the first one of a family of three different projects that will also focus on buildings in other parts of italy as well as around the world.’
the game references the milanese skyline, one that is constantly changing
the sets are available in either the 6-piece micro version or the full 32-piece version
chiesa has plans to expand the reach of his 3D-printed milanese skyline chess set
you can buy the product or download the 3D models and print it yourself
to download the models go here
edited by: juliana neira | designboom