The Art of War: Exquisite Chess Sets Once Captured the Game's Global Heritage

For more than a century, most games of chess have been played using a familiar set of abstracted black-and-white pieces, with minimal variation in size and detail. Known as the Staunton pattern, the design was named after Howard Staunton, a British player famous dur…

Read More

More Design

The Art of War: Exquisite Chess Sets Once Captured the Game's Global HeritageDriven to Drink: How 1930s Booze Labels Helped Americans Forget Their TroublesSpace Oddity: David Bowie's Secret Obsession With '80s Memphis DesignMusic of the Presses: How an L.A. Printer Kept the Art of the Album Cover AliveAn Un-Conventional Thirst: Collecting 7Up's Most Beautiful, Hallucinatory BillboardsRocket Slides and Monkey Bars: Chasing the Vanishing Playgrounds of Our YouthLightman Fantastic: This Artist Drenched '60s Music Lovers in a Psychedelic DreamExtreme Shipping: When Express Delivery to California Meant 100 Grueling Days at SeaAll-Night French Fries with T-Rex: Seattle's Trippiest Rock-Poster Artist Tells AllMāori Modernism: The New Zealand Artist Who Put the Islands' Native People FirstBefore Mondrian, Native American Women Painted Abstract Art on SaddlebagsWhy Are America's Most Innovative Companies Still Stuck in 1950s Suburbia?Go Canada! When Gorgeous Graphic Design Lured the World to the Great White NorthVisiting Scarfolk, the Most Spectacular Dystopia of the 1970sFormula for Beauty: The Geo-Chemistry Behind Rookwood PotteryHow Linen Postcards Transformed the Depression Era Into a Hyperreal DreamlandOrdinary Beauty: How 'Folk Art' Challenged the Art World to Get RealZen Nouveau: New Year's Greetings from Early 20th-Century JapanThe War on Christmas Cards: Dead Robins, Used Paperclips, and Other Secular GreetingsWhen Book Lovers Guarded Their Prized Possessions With Tiny ArtworksUnboxing Modernism: How the Russian Revolution Spurred Mid-Century DesignWould You Put a $300,000 Glass Sculpture on the Hood of Your Car?When Rock 'n' Roll Loomed Large Over the Sunset StripHow the Military Waged a Graphic-Design War on Venereal DiseaseCheap Thrills: The Freakish Fantasy Art of Mexican Pulp PaperbacksThe Art of Making People Go AwayDouble the Fun: The Husband-Wife Team Who Made Everyone Want to Chew GumSkateboard Art Helps Kids in Small Texas Town Find Their Inner WeirdCircling the Globe With the Mid-20th Century's Most Brilliant Matchbox ArtWas Levon Mosgofian of Tea Lautrec Litho the Most Psychedelic Printer in Rock?Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval ManuscriptsKaboom! 10 Facts About Firecrackers That Will Blow You AwayHow Railroad Tourism Created the Craze for Traditional Native American BasketsRainy Day Psychedelia: Seattle’s 1960s Poster Scene Gets Its Day in the SunTarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World's Most Misunderstood CardsStuck on Colorforms, the Two-Dimensional Toy Beloved By Mid-Century Modern KidsFrom Retail Palace to Zombie Mall: How Efficiency Killed the Department StoreCartoon Kittens and Big-Eyed Puppies: How We Bought Into Processed Pet FoodIronclad Patriotism: When Germans Gave Up Their Gold Jewelry to Battle NapoleonThink You Know Ugly? Think AgainMysterious Railway Posters Depict the Dreamy Allure of Deco-Era JapanDark Art: Spectacular Illusions from the Golden Age of MagicArtisanal Advertising: Reviving the Tradition of Hand-Painted SignsVelvet Underdogs: In Praise of the Paintings the Art World Loves to HateWhat's Behind the Widespread Obsession With Rock-Concert ScreenprintsMy Goodness! Guinness Collectors Snap Up Secret Stash of Unpublished Advertising Art Copper Chronicles: How a Shipyard Worker Hammered Artillery Shells into ArtDiablitos in the Details: The Curious Tale of Mexico's Most Peculiar PotteryTake That, Instagram: The Enduring Allure of Vintage SnapshotsWelcome to the Retro-Futuristic World of Laurent DurieuxPaper Wizard: Mid-Century Modern's Unsung Visionary Gets His DueClassic New Year's Eve Rock PostersNeon Lost and Found: Where New York City Still Burns Bright Before Rockwell, a Gay Artist Defined the Perfect American MaleA Quiet Voice in the Noisy World of RockReal Hollywood Thriller: Who Stole Jaws?The Sources of Psychedelic Art? Drugs, But Also Picasso and the Fire-Bombing of TokyoDoes Facebook Have a Secret Paper Fetish?Psychedelic Poster Pioneer Wes Wilson on The Beatles, Doors, and Bill GrahamMondo: The Monster of Modern Movie PostersDisneyland Posters Heat Up Hollywood AuctionPlotting a World Record, One Marker at a TimeGlobe Poster Wood-Type Archive PreservedOn the Trail of an Art Pottery MysteryRare Acid Test Posters Flying HighThe Folklore and Fashion of Japanese NetsukeDevils, Doves, and World War I: The Rock-n-Roll Posters of Gary HoustonTotal Immersion Collecting: Baptism PhotosThe Hottest Rock Posters, From Sixties Psychedelia to New Works of 'Aaarght'The Storybook-Psychedelic Rock Posters of Marq SpustaHomespun Beauty: Jim Linderman on Folk Art’s Authentic AppealU.S. Studio Art Glass, Before and After ChihulyThe Poster Art of David SingerMid-Century Modern Furniture, from Marshmallow Sofas to Hans Wegner ChairsPreservation Through Production at Hatch Show PrintWhy I Love Andy WarholAgates, Corkscrews, and Onionskins: Fun with Antique MarblesTeal, Merganser, and Other Antique Wood Duck DecoysLooking at Tramp Art with Author Clifford WallachCowan Art Pottery of the Art Deco EraLoetz Glass Collector Eddy Scheepers on the Pride of BohemiaWalker Evans, Preeminent Photographer and Passionate Postcard Collector Daile Kaplan of Swann Auction Galleries on Collecting 20th Century PhotographsGetting Lost in Strathearn Art Glass PaperweightsDavid Lance Goines Discusses Perfect Poster DesignFrom Ambrotypes to Stereoviews, 150 Years of Photographs19th-Century Photographs, from Daguerreotypes to Cartes de VisitesReyne Haines Spills on Tiffany, Chihuly, and LoetzRiley Humler Explains the Importance of Rookwood Art Pottery The Artisans and Designers Responsible for Roycroft Metalwork