As the end of our isolation seems uncertain, our entertainment options are thinning out. Fortunately, traditional board games are making a comeback.
With this comeback, we can now pursue this old-school pastime once more. Perhaps it’s the lack of human interaction, but a resurgence of physical games in the household is clear. So much so that puzzles and games are now also replacing magnum format coffee table books. Some of our childhood favourites now return as deluxe tabletop entertainment and swanky home décor. Ahead, a few of our luxury favourites to consider.
This Tic-Tac-Toe (or noughts and crosses) is anything but basic. Given an elevated and artistic upgrade, Tiffany and Co.’s version of this nostalgic game comes in an American walnut playing board and markers crafted from the amazonite (in the brand’s trademark turquoise blue) and sterling silver beads.
Designer Marcel Wanders takes on one of the oldest known boardgames of our time – Backgammon – for Baccarat. The traditional playing board is modernised in this rendition with black and white inlaid marble top and counters and dice in doubling cube in fine blown crystal.
Grand-daughter to the beauty giant founder Estée Lauder, Aerin set up her own luxury lifestyle brand based on the premise of living beautifully. The Shagreen Mahjong set of hers is presented in a luxurious embossed shagreen box with suede interior lining and brass hardware and within it expertly engraved white melamine tiles.
Could there only be one thing in your game room, let this be it – the godfathers of games, Alexandra Lewellyn’s Louisa table that elegantly turns from a console table to a poker table, to a chess and backgammon board. The playing pieces in polished brass and mother of pearl are cleverly housed in the body of the table. Each Louisa table is made can be personalized (down to wood and designs), is made to order, and shipped from the U.K.
Unconventional and innovative, Italian lifestyle brand Teckell brings the world’s most loved sport from the fields into the home in its luxury foosball tables. While not a board game in exact definition, the Cristallino both a source of entertainment and a remarkable piece of art – the field is rendered with crystal glass, the players made from chrome and dark nickel aluminum and finished with brass handles and score units.
Designed by architects Alberto and Ezia Pinetti, this box set is the board to hold a game of both chess and checkers. Made from Canaletto walnut wood and hand-crafted premium calfskin leather, the box houses the set’s marble-like checkers and black and brass-finished chess pieces in an interior storage tray.
Bringing sleek contemporary style to the ancient game of Dominos, L’Objet’s rendition comes in an exceptionally crafted brushed brass box with a sleek slide out lid made of Macassar ebony mahogany with matching domino tiles and brass plating and inlaid insets.
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong.