Would you like to play a game of chess? I play very well.
If you thought the peak of chic for board games happened in 1945 when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall appeared on the cover of Chess Review, it’s time to deal you in, doll. Today, designers like Aerin Lauder and Alexandra von Fürstenberg are upping the ante on classic games and turning them into objets d’art that add as much flair to a tableau as fun to a fête. Mix yourself a Poker Face and find a spot on your cocktail table for one of these 10 beauties. Not only will it look stunning in your salon, but it’ll be just the thing to keep your guests amused at your next soirée.
What party guest could resist Fornasetti’s famed muse Lina Cavalieri from tempting them into playing one of the games inside this gorgeous wood-and-lacquered box of fun?
This chic set of French playing cards from Louis Vuitton features the traditional Valet, Dame, Roi and 1 cards instead of the Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, which is sure to add a fun, Frenchie twist to game night.
Not a single luxe detail has been left out of this shagreen, walnut, suede, and brass Tic-Tac-Toe game from Aerin Lauder. Place it on a stack of books for easy access and an elegant touch.
Burberry’s elegant bridge set might look like a ruby-red party clutch, but it’s all fun and glamour on the inside. Its gilt-edged cards will lend heft and style to bridge night.
Few games double as art more readily than Purling London’s exquisite one-of-a-kind Art Chess sets. Each has been individually and uniquely hand-painted by a British-based contemporary artist. Or choose one of the company’s Bold sets, which come in a variety of color combinations, from hot pink and bright orange to gold and silver.
Don’t know how to play dominoes? This gorgeous set from L’Objet will inspire you to learn. Or simply leave the luxurious slide-out box on your cocktail table and admire the elegant juxtaposition of brass and mahogany.
Layers of bone and contrasting metal game pieces make this Tic-Tac-Toe game from Regina Andrew a stunning contemporary style statement. Display a few of the pieces next to the block to spell out a little XO love note.
Whether used for a high-style game of Chicago or as an eye-catching accent on a side table, this handcrafted set of dice glistens with a high-polished finish and Swarovski crystals. When not in use, keep them in their black croc-embossed case or just let them roll on a side table.
Leave it to Hermés to create a chess set fit for a king. Handcrafted of solid rosewood and mahogany, each piece in this handsome set is as elegantly sculpted and polished as you would expect from the venerable French fashion house.
This artisan-crafted, solid-acrylic backgammon board by Alexandra Von Fürstenberg will be as inviting on your cocktail table as…well, a cocktail itself. For a daring pop of color, opt for their neon yellow version.
Game on, doll.