Baccarat celebrates 250 years with a limited edition giant chess set made of crystal


If you picked up Ralph Lauren’s tic tac toe or poker, but missed the luxury label’s interpretation for chess, this one by Baccarat could make a giant addition to your set. Celebrating its 250th anniversary, the maker of fine French crystal unveiled a giant version of the braniacs’ favorite in a limited edition of 50 units. Comprising 32 chessmen cut by hand from midnight blue and clear crystal, it mimics Baccarat’s iconic Harcourt glasses.

“Yes, we can play,” said Oki Sato, product designer of the giant board game. And in order for that to happen, he oversaw the crafting process, 200 hours of which were spent in cutting alone. “Baccarat has a very long history and tradition, but there is always fun in the product, and I wanted to express that,” he said.

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Speaking of history and tradition, Baccarat’s museum in Paris has set in motion a yearlong display of them. But the world’s most renowned crystal producer will not only have a museum exhibit of its art de vivre, it will extend its joie de vivre to department store windows, starting with a “Fire and Ice” theme at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Meanwhile, Sato will see his own celebration. The Japanese designer is in charge designing a pastry shop in France and has also unveiled a line of sunglasses. He developed them for Camper at the Maison et Objet home wares show in Paris and while they come with their own element of novelty, the ode to birthday de Baccarat is set to retail at $27,200.

[Via – WWD]