Il piccolo giardino

Chessboard designed by AMDL circle and Michele De Lucchi for Bottega Treccani


It was 1936 when Luigia Maria Tosi, a fine art historian specialized in art objects, writing the entry Chess Game for the Italian Encyclopedia of Sciences, Letters and Arts, lingered in the passionate description of rare and precious chessboards, real and its own treasures of art and history: from the one coming from the abbey of Saint-Dénis, which was said to have belonged to Charlemagne, to that of Margaret of Austria «all silver with gold edges»; and yet, in the last lines of the text, the scholar paused to note - perhaps with a note of disenchantment - that, "since the game of chess became no longer the privileged pastime of the courts and nobles, but the one familiar to every category of people, and modern industry multiplied the examples, very rarely the pieces and the chessboard had art value ». Today Bottega Treccani, which over time has given great visibility to the highest expressions of design and craftsmanship in our country, chooses to offer the public a chessboard: an object for recreational use which, through the project created by the creative studio AMDL CIRCLE founded by Michele De Lucchi, finally regains all the aesthetic value that in past ages has accompanied the profound symbolic value that has always been attributed, by intellectuals and writers, to one of the oldest and most fascinating games in human history.

Product details

Dimensions: L 42.5 × D 42.5 × H6.5 cm Materials: black walnut, maple and oak Limited edition of 200 numbered copies and 6 author's proofs Handcrafted in Italy

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AMDL CIRCLE is the multidisciplinary creative studio founded by the artist, designer and architect Michele De Lucchi; is recognized for his humanistic approach to architecture and design: a long-term vision of the built, always aimed at the quality of life of man and the fate of the planet. The Studio has created the IBM Pavilion in Milan, the Pavilion Zero for the Milan Expo 2015, museum spaces for the Milan Triennale, the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and designed and objects for Alessi, Alias, Artemide, Poltrona Frau and UniFor.

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