Leading Ultraluxe Games manufacturers have recreated classic games in rich materials and precious metals, or have included contemporary design aspects to make them a welcome addition to any home’s decor. Adults will love a set of sterling silver or crystal poker or chess pieces. Do you want to have fun with small children? Choose a contemporary acrylic or Lucite set with a prominent design element, such as tic-tac-toe or Tile Rummy.
Chess Set by Saint-Louis Prestige: Ultraluxe Games
Saint-Louis is well-known for its delicate handblown crystal glassware and vases, but this magnificent chess set illustrates yet another aspect of the company’s skills. The hand-carved chess pieces above the crystal board are inspired by current Saint-Louis decanter stoppers.
A vibrant blue color replaces the traditional black components to pay homage to the early 1900s Blue Rider creative movement that gave birth to expressionism in Germany. This limited edition set is available upon request.
Bocce Ball Set by Tiffany & Co.
Bocce is becoming increasingly popular among snowbirds and summer residents alike, and outdoor courts are sprouting up at luxury resorts and country clubs across the world. Some New York City bars even have competitive bocce leagues. Tiffany & Co.’s lovely set allows you to take the game with you everywhere you go, even if all you find is a patch of grass.
Marcel Wanders Studio’s Baccarat Go: Ultraluxe Games
Are you tired of playing the same old board games? Go, also known as weiqi or baduk, is a two-player game with rules that are basic enough for youngsters but sophisticated enough for strategy fans. The game is considered to be the oldest in the world, having originated in China over 4,000 years ago.
Baccarat’s set, which is part of the Jeux de Cristal line, which also includes backgammon, chess, checkers, and dominoes, is made of inlaid marble and crystal and features designs by Amsterdam’s Marcel Wanders Studio.
The unique red tint that Baccarat infuses every item it manufactures (see if you can spot one the next time you see a Baccarat chandelier) is depicted on the covers of the stone casings for the Go stones (as the pieces are known) and on the red markers on the board.
Tic-Tac-Toe from the Sawyer Collection
Sawyer Collection’s sculptural tic-tac-toe set features five brilliant, color-infused Lucite blocks and natural stone embeds such as amethyst (seen above), turquoise, lapis lazuli, or rose quartz for the second player’s pieces, rather than the standard Xs and Os.
Each component is handcrafted over a two-day period, allowing you to customize the color and add inlays to make the set really unique.
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