brent blake: electric chess set
 
brent blake: electric chess set
aug 12, 2010

brent blake: electric chess set

‘electric chess set’

american architect, design consultant and competitive chess player brent blake has designed an ‘electric chess set’ that uses plug bases, sockets, bulbs and ceramic elements as its main components. the choice of using a mirrored plexi glass board surface and white laminate base was an aesthetic decision to enhance the sculptural aspects of this functional set.

brent blake: electric chess set

transparent, colored and clear bulbs become the typical chess pieces. instead of shape and form, color is used to distinguish the pieces from each other and serves as reminder to users of their roles.

brent blake: electric chess set brent blake with his electric chess set design

when pieces are captured they are placed in the side sockets which are not powered, thus, implying the message ‘lights out for those pieces’. the bulbs have low wattage (7w pawns and 11w for the rest) making it not too hot to the touch for users. the set has a dimmer to control the brightness of the bulbs.

brent blake: electric chess set the electric chess set will be showcased during ‘big deal art show party’ at moses lake museum & art center in moses lake, washington on august 21st, 2010

  • What is your carbon footprint?

    Bon vivant
  • This is always amusing – assuming the dark color sockets represent black – the board is out of alignment by 90 degrees – always remember – “white on your right”
    “Chess Master” my buttocks.

    Steve
  • Brent, I should have know you are a chess master along with all of your other brilliant endeavors. Your chess board has mystical connections. A new transformational experience to a higher state of consciousness. I hope this will be a magic carpet for you.
    All the Best

    Edd Cox
  • To gm… This is not an Umbra knockoff. Blake designed and built this board in the mid-1970’s. It will be shown publically for the first time in several decade in Blake’s retrospective show in Moses Lake Washington on August 21st. This is a brilliant guy!

    I.M. Coyote
  • [url=http://jeromepierre.com/art/destin-strategique-du-hasard/] chess games between dice ans puzzle [/url]

    wedz

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