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November 25, 2013
For young designers, making their mark with great furniture and lighting is a must—but creating a well-designed game is a very fun bonus. Taking cues from art-edition games of the past, like Man Ray's famous chess board, here are a few sets to encourage well-designed play.
darts games Best Made Co gift guide
Best Made Co.'s stock and trade is updating classic goods; case in point is this dartboard, handmade in the US from basswood and brass with birch darts. According to the company, "Vogelpik (the game of Belgian Darts) is said to have originated in Flanders in the late 18th century." $122 for the set at Best Made Co.
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May Ray beech wood chess set games gift guide dwell store
A lifelong friendship with fellow chess enthusiast Marcel Duchamp inspired Man Ray to create his unique chess set in 1920. In his set, Man Ray offers a personal interpretation of each character on the chess board: an Egyptian pyramid for the King, a medieval headdress for the Queen, a flask for the Bishop and the carved scroll of a violin for the Knight. Each beech wood character is rendered in sculptural, geometric forms. $590 at Dwell Store.
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Joe Doucet minimalist playing cards Module R gift guide games
Brooklyn designer Joe Doucet's playing cards are as minimalist as they come. $12 for a pack at the Dwell Store.
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games backgammon modern Fredericks and Mae
Backgammon is one of the oldest games on record--archeological digs in Iran reveal that similar games were played there around 3,000 BC! This modernized version, on painted baltic birch, includes 30 playing pieces, four dice, and an instructional booklet. $160 at Fredericks and Mae.
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Jenga Chair game Pico Pau games gift guide MoMA Store
This game is a bit more cerebral, as the pleasure is not in winning but creating. It's also a bit like Jenga, but with a designer's favorite module: the chair. Pico Pao designed this game in 2010 and it's now sold exclusively at the MoMA Store. $75 at MoMA Store.
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The Principals dominoes games gift guide concrete
Brooklyn studio The Principals re-designed the classic “double 6” domino set with men's retailer Billy Reid. Cast from concrete and completely rethought in terms of shape, weight, and numbering style. $70 from The Dwell Store.
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ping pong table The Standard Spin games gift guide
If calm, on-the-tabletop and by-the-fireside games aren't your thing, may we suggest a ping pong table? The experts at SPiN, a New York City ping pong club, have teamed up with The Standard hotels to release this limited edition design. $5,995 at The Standard.
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Design Within Reach RS Barcelona ping pong table modern design media room gift guide games
Another great option is the Bola Service Table introduced by RS Barcelona this year. We like the hidden drawer for stashing the net, balls, and paddles. $3,950 at Design Within Reach.
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darts games Best Made Co gift guide
Best Made Co.'s stock and trade is updating classic goods; case in point is this dartboard, handmade in the US from basswood and brass with birch darts. According to the company, "Vogelpik (the game of Belgian Darts) is said to have originated in Flanders in the late 18th century." $122 for the set at Best Made Co.

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