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  • Panisa Chess Set in color
  • Panisa Chess Set in color
  • Panisa Chess Set in color
  • Panisa Chess Set in color
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Panisa Chess Set

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MoMA Exclusive: This chess set features minimalist turned-wood chess pieces that evoke modern sculptures. Subtle details are employed to identify the various pieces: a diagonal slice on the oval-shaped Bishop suggests a liturgical headpiece; two deep grooves create castle turrets for the cylindrical Rook; the Knight’s arched lines follow the shape of a horse’s head. The foldable wooden chess board with magnetic closure is designed for easy storage of the pieces, which are contained in two cloth bags. Made of sustainably grown rubberwood. For ages 8+. The board measures 2.5h x 15.75w x 15.75"d (open) and 5h x 15.75w x 7.8"d (closed).
The Panisa Chess Set was designed by Panisa Khunprasert, whose work is influenced by her experiences growing up in her family’s toy business in Thailand. After graduating with an MFA in Product Design from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Khunprasert returned to the family business where she now works as a toy and game designer.
  • Designer
    Panisa Khunprasert
  • Size
    Board Open: 2.5h x 15.75w x 15.75"d
    Board Closed: 5h x 15.75w x 7.8"d
  • Materials
  • Year of Design
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Panisa Chess Set
  • “My father was very hands-on in his creative process and he began encouraging me to draw and make things when I was very young. I grew up playing with unfinished prototypes, broken toys and cardboard models in his office.”

  • “Dominoes is a classic game for both children and adults, so I wanted to break away from numeric dominoes and create something visually fun and universal. The set is not only meant to be a game of dominoes—the patterns can be used for composing and decorating.”

  • “New York City has been the city of my dreams since I was little, because I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps of studying and working here. Once you are in this city, you inevitably get inspired by its vibrant art and design scene—and its energy.”

  • Panisa Khunprasert

    Designer Panisa Khunprasert is from Bangkok, Thailand where she studied industrial design at Chulalongkorn University. Her design aesthetic has been influenced by growing up in her family’s toy business, and many of her early projects focused on children’s learning and playing experiences. She later moved to New York City where she attended The School of Visual Arts. She graduated with an MFA in the school’s Products of Design program, where she collaborated with MoMA on designs, and continues to design products for our store today.

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