Inspired by Josef Hartwig’s Model I chess set created in 1922 at Bauhaus Weimar.
This minimalist chess set needs a full sized board (the pieces are about 1″ in width, varying heights).
The king measures ~2.3″ tall and ~1.1″ square at the base.
This set is best suited for a 12″ x 12″ board with 1.5″ square tiles.
The king measures ~3″ tall and ~1.4″ square at the base.
This set is best suited for a 16″ x 16″ board with 2″ square tiles.
The king measures ~3.75″ tall and ~1.8″ square at the base.
This set is best suited for a 20″ x 20″ board with 2.5″ square tiles.
Pieces come in traditional black and white, but message me for custom color requests!
Possible color options are shown in the photo
Minimalist Bauhaus Model I 1922 Chess Set
This replica of the original Bauhaus Chess set was first designed by Josef Hartwig (1922) in Bauhaus (Weimar, Germany). Josef’s design transforms traditional chess pieces into geometric symbols, based purely on the function of the movement of each piece. The rook is reduced to a large cube, the horse – to two stacked L-shapes, and the queen – a large cube with a sphere resting on top, to mention a few. This set has been on display at the MoMA (Museam of Modern Arts) in New York City.
Sculptor Josef Hartwig designed what is now recognized as the Bauhaus Chess set in 1924 while teaching at Bauhaus in Weimar. Reflecting the core philosophy of Bauhaus, Hartwig’s design featured simple materials, and reduced each chess piece’s design down to its most basic functional components.
This set has been created using 3D Printing FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology. This is an additive manufacturing process that selectively deposits molten plastic in a specific path, layer by layer.
The material used for this set is PLA (Polylactic Acid), a biodegradable material derived from plant products. It is strong and durable, yet environmentally friendly. Each set is created on demand, and while we strive to provide the very highest quality, there may be very slight differences between prints. This individuality creates a uniqueness for each piece, and is part of the fun of 3D printing.
J.B. Alexander –
These are really unique pieces only available here (as far as I can tell.). I ordered peculiar colors, and merchant was very helpful and communicated well. My only suggestion is to indicate that pieces are 3d-printed and very light. The light weight makes them great for travel but they lack the umph of traditional weighted pieces. Thanks again!
Ted Russell –
Great chess set with a fascinating story. Extremely well made, very nicely packaged, and speedily delivered. Customer communication was outstanding – showed a genuine connection to and interest in the customer. I hope I have the chance to purchase from Vesper again!
Jessica Gordon –
This is a gorgeous chess set! The colors are true to the picture posted in the description. Shipped extraordinarily fast. Great item and seller!
kam byers –
The set got to me really quickly! I really love the pieces, they’re really classy-looking! I really like how light the pieces are and how unique the shapes of the pieces are, while still being recognizable as what they’re supposed to be.
Ellen Benson –
fast delivery of colorful and unique set, no blemishes or faults noted and would certainly order from them again
Spectacular chess pieces in the original 1922 minimalist Bauhaus design. This is a gift for my friend who is Bauhaus-design obsessed, and who just opened a shop with Bauhaus decor. My guess is this set will be front and center in his shop. Wonderful idea! Excellent customer service. I appreciate the note from Phil, as well as the typed description of the set. Many thanks!
Sandra Sokabe –
Great product, arrived promptly. Very pleased.