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Architecture & The City Chess Set



A show-stopping piece, the Architecture & The City Chess Set was designed by Daniel Libeskind and intricately crafted by Atelier Swarovski. 

This champion-size chess set celebrates some of Daniel Libeskind’s most iconic buildings in the form of contemporary chess pieces, while the board is delicately etched with maps of the designer’s home cities, New York and Milan.

Fluently combining materials from the architectural world such as concrete and marble with strikingly cut crystals, the Architecture & The City Chess Set is presented on a polished stainless-steel board inlaid with clear and Black Diamond crystal chequers, providing a statement foundation for this contemporary design.

Each beautiful chess piece is a work of art in its own right that has been crafted with absolute precision, with each king represented as a miniature version of New York’s Freedom Tower. Crafted from crystal, plated brass and Carrara marble elements, each piece completes the unique nature of this exquisite chess set.

In his debut collaboration with Atelier Swarovski, Daniel Libeskind reflects on and celebrates his architectural legacy, stating that, “A crystal is a metaphor for life: you see a superficial surface, but also the depth”. In a unique process, Atelier Swarovski allowed Libeskind’s design to inform and develop its production methods, dedicating a specialised team to complete the design true to Libeskind’s original intention.

Polish-born American architect Daniel Libeskind rose to prominence with his poignant design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin; in 2003 Studio Libeskind’s innovative design won the competition to rebuild the World Trade Centre in New York.

Founded by Nadja Swarovski, Atelier Swarovski forms the centre for creative expression within Swarovski. Collaborating with the world’s greatest design minds to innovate and develop never-before-seen crystal forms, Atelier Swarovski constantly advances its mysterious methods and hones its craftsmanship to achieve ultimate clarity in the larger-than-life crystals, simultaneously inspiring fascination in all who behold them.


  • Designed by Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Atelier Swarovski
  • Etched board inlaid with crystal chequers
  • Intricately designed pieces modelled on architecture


50cm (l) x 50cm (w) x 12cm (h)

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