Distinctively influenciating the advancement of design and architecture in the 20th century, that's what the art pedagogic program of the legendary „Bauhaus“ was. The philosophy of the interlock of artistic, manufactured and social dimensions is considered as the fundamental turning point to „Industrial Design“.
The chess game with its clear lines appears absolutely timeless as well as many other results of the Bauhaus, becoming a classic. Not least because its checked, reduced chessbpard seams to be a Bauhaus-Design. Josef Hartwig's figures of the year 1923 are characterized through their reduced shapes. Cubes and balls lead you through the moves to the chessmate. The shape of the figures are not inspired from historical examples, but from their function in the game. They are supposed to make the rules of the game easier understandable for everybody.
"The new figures are made of stereometric types: Ball and cube. Single or combined, they specify with their shape the gangue, and with their volume the worth. The pawn and the rook draft orthogonal to the border of the board, demonstrated with the ball. The knight moves right-angled in a shape of a chess, right angled cube formation. The bishop moves diagonally to the border of the board: a saltier sliced out of a cube. The king moves right-angled and diagonal: a small cube diagonally on a bigger one. The queen, the most movable figure, is made of cube and ball", comments about Hartwig's work.
The Naef Games AG creates the Bauhaus-Toys according to their original designs.
- Design: Josef Hartwig
- 32 figures in a wooden box: 44 x 7,5 x 4,5 cm
- Chequerboard: 36 x 36 x 1,2 cm
- Material: wood