The inspiration for this design came from the desire to find out just how much material is needed to create a chess piece. The key was to achieve subtlety and simplicity of design. The original set was created by laser cutting a piece of 15.5 inch X 15.5 inch piece of plywood and then glued the pieces together.
The design process did not stop there.
After the initial wooden design was done, I tried to push the design one level further by creating both a set and a board from the same piece of material. I used the website ponoko.com to achieve this. I created another set of laser cut pieces that interlock together. This technique allowed for not only the chess pieces to be cut out, but also a chess board from the same piece at 15.5 inch X 31 inch material.
This design can be seen in the August and September 2012 Design Within Reach catalogs.