Alexander Pelikan


Chess boards and figures are a very classical thing. With lots of adornment around the figures and a somewhat 19th century appearance according to the world standard – the “New Staunton” chess board…
But the rules of the world chess federation, FIDE, are only an outline denominating the size relationship of the pieces and the dimensions of the (tournament) board.

So, Alexander Pelikan, designer based in Eindhoven, went one step further. The board and all the pieces from his project J’adoube are made of Naturalia, an HPL material by ARPA Industriale. The pieces and the board have been designed to capture the essence of the individual chess piece and to simplify the production process (CNC milling). The case is made of bonded leather, a sustainable material using left over leather fibers and natural latex.