hand-cast in solid bronze
The contrasting finish of the polished light side against the opposing dark, patinated chessmen creates a striking collection of pieces.
A bronze finish is used for the lighter pieces and a patination oil is used to create the darker pieces. The reassuring weight of each piece makes this an extremely tactile chess set and the leather bases lend a softness of touch and beautiful finish to each piece.
6,000 year old technique with 3D printing
The bronze sets are made in a foundry in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, combining a time-consuming lost wax casting technique that dates back 6,000 years with 3D printing techniques to ensure every minute detail is captured perfectly.
Pawns are terraced houses, Big Ben is the Rook, with the London Eye playing the Knight. 30 St Mary Axe is cast as the Bishop, and the Shard lends its elegance and might to the role of the Queen. No other building than Canary Wharf would be better suited to play the King, and this piece stands at four and a half inches tall.
Each numbered set comes complete with a hand screen-printed Corian® stone city map or Italian Carrara marble playing board and in a luxury presentation box.