Chess Block is an art object by Dominic Harris, and produced by his studio, Cinimod. It is an architectural and lighting play on taking a traditional chess board and extruding it in three dimensions to create a unique new object that is simultaneously both an abstract lighting object and a functional design piece.
The piece is comprised of illuminated optically clear glass shafts that span between the mirror polished stainless steel base and the top stainless steel plate. The chess pieces are solid glass blocks each containing an intricate three dimensionally illuminated representation of the piece.
About Dominic Harris
Since establishing Cinimod, his 15-person, London-based studio in 2007, designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his technology-enabled works of interactive art. Trained as an architect, Harris has devoted recent years to integrating electronics into more traditional product design. His team includes programmers and workshop technicians who help him with (often quite complicated) fabrication. Harris has designed bespoke lighting for hotels, bars, restaurants, and retail spaces, as well as fine art installations. One of his most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or even just attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.
British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom