Chess, Board Games and Objet d'Art in Interior Design Gotham
Art Chess by Olivia Pilling ‘Gold v Dark Grey’
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill

With our chess sets and board games, we strive to create beautiful objets d’art that will add unique colours, shapes, textures and talking-points to your interior design scheme.

There’s something about a chess set displayed on a table or sideboard that people find irresistible. It’s familiar yet intriguing; inviting yet slightly aloof. The pieces demand to be studied from all angles, picked up and moved; you can’t help wanting to feel their weight, hear the sound they make as you slide or place them in position. It’s a tactile, engaging experience you simply don’t get from, say, a vase, or other piece of standard decorative art.

Not surprisingly, then, chess sets are an increasingly go-to item for those looking to add interest to their interior design. As a growing number of leading interior designers have recognised, one of our Purling London chess sets will add its unique colours, shapes, textures and talking-points to its surroundings as an exquisite objet d’art in its own right.

Our Art Chess Sets have featured in photoshoots for top British interior designers Bailey London and Landmass; we’ve also staged our own shoot with our friends at Gotham Designs. In 2016, we were delighted to be selected as a ‘future trend’ at Maison & Objet, the highly prestigious trade show for the international interior design and lifestyle industry, held biennially in Paris and renowned as one of the most important events of its kind in Europe.

Gotham Design with Olivia Pilling Art Chess Chocolate v Cream at Gotham
Art Chess by Olivia Pilling 
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Gotham Purling London Art Chess Leonardo Frigo
Art Chess by Leonardo Frigo 
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Gotham Interior Design with Olivia Pilling Art Chess Ornaments
Art Chess Ornament by Olivia Pilling
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
RZA on Chess Life Magazine with Cheba Art Chess
RZA with Art Chess by Cheba 
(Photograph credit: Mike Relm / Adisa Banjoko)
Darren John Art Chess Exhibitionist Hotel photo credit Ian Iceton
Darren John x Purling Art Chess at the Exhibitionist Hotel, Kensington
(Photo credit: Ian Iceton)
Landmass with Purling London Bold Chess
Bespoke Bold Chess in a Notting Hill home
(Photo credit: Landmass)
Art Chess by Darren John on the terrace at the Exhibitionist Hotel photo credit Ian Iceton
Art Chess by Darren John on the terrace at the Exhibitionist Hotel, Kensington
(Photo credit: Ian Iceton)
Interior Design Gotham with Art Chess Olivia Pilling
Art Chess by Olivia Pilling 
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Traditional Heritage Chess in play
Heritage Chess
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Daniel Brusatin Chess table at Christie's Lates Winter Bazaar
Art Chess by Daniel Brusatin at Christie’s
See more about our display at Christie’s Auction House
Bespoke Bold Chess metallics and bright tones for interior designs
Bespoke Bold Chess – Order your own choice of colours to match your interior, style or mood
Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello
Timeless black and white Art Chess set by Francesco Jacobello
Darren John wall mounted chess board
Darren John x Purling Art Chess at the Exhibitionist Hotel, Kensington
(Photo credit: Ian Iceton)
Keith Haring Radiant Gambit exhibition Thierry Noir Art Chess
Art Chess by Thierry Noir Keith Haring: Radiant Gambit’ 
(Photo credit: World Chess Hall of Fame)

Art Chess ornament by Leonardo Frigo
Art Chess Ornament by Leonardo Frigo
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Purling London Art Chess by Inkie photo credit Boscolo
Art Chess by Inkie in a Knightsbridge apartment
(Photo credit: Bailey Interior Design)
Bailey Interior Design with Art Chess by Inkie
Art Chess by Inkie in a Knightsbridge apartment
(Photo credit: Bailey Interior Design)

The Purling London range includes a vast array of designs and styles, so there really is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something quite conservative and classical, or you’re drawn to the bold, contemporary and extravagant, like our pieces by leading urban pop artist Lhouette.

Of course, the truest expression of one’s individual tastes is to have an original piece created for a specific setting or purpose. For example, the Faberge egg, was originally commissioned by the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Each of the 52 ‘Imperial’ eggs they commissioned was one of a kind, and is now among the rarest and most valuable items of decorative art ever created.

Our Purling London Art Chess sets continue that noble tradition. We can produce our Bold Chess sets with custom colours to your specification – or, for the ultimate in exclusivity, completely bespoke sets hand-painted by one of the top contemporary artists we work with. These can be made to your exact requirements in terms of design, theme and colour palette; you’ll have the opportunity to communicate directly with the artist to discuss your wishes, get advice about designs, and receive messages and photos to update you on your set’s progress.

We’ve already undertaken a number of commissions from private and corporate clients to produce sets to match both domestic interiors and corporate branding. Plus, unlike Faberge eggs, our Art Chess Sets are explicitly intended to be handled, not simply admired from afar (and you don’t need to belong to a royal dynasty to order one, either.)

Better still, your Purling London Art Chess set isn’t confined to a flat surface. It’s fitted with a unique bracket that allows it to be displayed on a wall as a painting (or put safely out of the way for storage) giving you even more interior design options. As an added bonus, the board rests on French cleats, which makes it appear to ‘float’ above the table when you set it down again.

Christie's International Real Estate Magaizne photograph credit Greg Funnell @gregfunnell
One of One Art Chess by KHAMAMA ‘Morpho’ for Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine feature
(Photo credit: Greg Funnell)
Butterfly wing chess board by KHAMAMA
One of One Art Chess by KHAMAMA ‘Noctura’
Landmass Purling London Art Chess
Art Chess in Belgravia apartment
(Photo credit: Landmass Interior Design)
Gotham Design with Checkers set
Italian Alabaster Stone Checkers
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Chess set at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC
Art Chess by Andrew Hancock at Bergdorf Goodman
Playing Cards by Purling London at Maison et Objet, Paris
Purling London Playing Cards
(Photo credit: Maison & Objet)
Green light K1 chess board hanging on the wall
Our latest Art Chess boards hang on the wall as paintings for display storage. This set is Mr Jiver x Purling ‘Green Light’
Chaplins Bespoke Bold Chess
Bespoke Bold Chess, Chaplins, London
(With thanks to Chaplins Interior Design)
Bespoke Bold Chess metallics and neutral tones for interior designs
Bespoke Bold Chess – Order your own choice of colours to match your interior, style or mood
Gotham Purling London Art Chess Nette Robinson
Art Chess by Nette Robinson 
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Stone Checkers at Gotham
Stone Checkers
(With thanks to Gotham Notting Hill)
Carne Griffiths Art Chess gifts for him
Art Chess by Carne Griffiths – Classic wooden pieces and chess board, hand-illustrated with inks and teas