The Chess Set Design Standard


[Picture of the King - Staunton]In the late 1800s (19th century), chess sets such as the Lund, Merrifield, Calvert and Saint George patterns, were fussy, intricate and costly to produce. As a result chess playing was restricted to the rich.

The company of John Jacques of London then set out to radically change things for ever. Read the rest of this entry »


The Motor Scooter


[Picture of Vespa Ad]The motor scooter is a design and style icon. It is post-WW2, it is urban, modernist, 1960s. It represented bohemian chic in Paris, and gritty violent realism in Britain — with the Mods (versus the Rockers). Read the rest of this entry »