If you’re reading this, it means you waited until the last minute to find a Father’s Day present for dad, and if you are anything like me, you’re freaking out because well we are out of time. Before giving up, consider Skyline Chess – New York Edition as the ideal last-minute gift.
London architects Chris and Ian founded Skyline Chess. They came up with the idea while they were playing chess in their apartment. The mere thought of changing the classic pieces with their favorite building evolved, and that led them to develop their first set, based on the skyline of their hometown, London.
Following the success of that, Skyline Chess is now offering the New York Edition. The set features some of the Big Apple’s most iconic buildings, with One World Trade Centre as the King and the Empire State Building as the Queen. Capturing the essence of the early 1900’s construction boom and growth of high-rise in the city, the Chrysler Building and the Flatiron building play the Bishop and Knight respectively. The spiraling, sculptural form of the Guggenheim Museum represents the Rook, and iconic brownstone houses typical of the lower East side act as the pawns.
Chris and Ian are seeking to raise thirteen thousand dollars on Kickstarter to complete the first production run of sets and packaging – this will allow them to produce the full 32 piece chess set, complete with presentation box and folding board.
To be honest, I’ve never played chess, and I doubt my dad has, but the chessboard is truly unique, and the NYC Skyline is always something pretty to look at. Besides, your dad will have no idea you almost forgot his special day because the estimated delivery date is September – if the project reaches its funding goal.
Sorry, Dad. Happy Father’s Day! Love, Jorge.
Not just a pretty face