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A chess set with pieces that look like New York City architecture

New York City definitely looks great on postcards, but who knew it would also look amazing on a chess board?

UK-based architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser have reimagined the classic 32-piece chess set as the NYC skyline. Their design pays tribute to the history and architecture of the Big Apple by turning every chess piece into an iconic building.

The structures they chose include both the traditional and the contemporary, taking into account the sizes that would match the set pieces perfectly. For instance, the tiny pawns all look like a miniature brownstone house, while the rook is modeled after the Guggenheim Museum.

New York City Skyline chess set

The taller, more imposing pieces, meanwhile, are made to resemble skyscrapers. For example, the queen as the Empire State Building, and the king as the World Trade Center. Clever!

New York City Skyline chess set

Flood and Presser’s startup, Skyline Chess, used digital modeling and 3D printing to make the entire set. You can avail of the New York City Skyline set by backing their Kickstarter project here.

If you’re more of a Londoner, you can buy their previous design, the London City Skyline chess set, here.

New York City Skyline chess set

New York City Skyline chess set

New York City Skyline chess set

Via My Modern Met

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