In the ever-evolving world of design, it's a rare feat when an artist manages to strike a balance—quite literally—between functionality and aesthetic. Enter Louis Berger, whose recent conceptual 3d exploration has set the design sphere aflutter on abduzeedo.com: a minimal chess set, where pieces almost defy gravity in their quest for balance.
Crafted with the precision that only an industrial designer can offer, Berger's chess set offers two CMF variants: solid beech, exuding a natural warmth, and the sleek 7000 aluminum, for those with an inclination for the contemporary. It's minimalism, but not as we know it. Instead of stripping down, Berger's approach is more akin to sculpting; chiseling away the superfluous until only the essential remains.
A masterstroke lies in the pieces being designed as rotational bodies. By subtracting material in the barest number of CNC passes, Berger introduces subtle nuances, giving each chess piece its unique flair while maintaining an overarching sense of unity. It's like a symphony where every instrument has its solo moment yet contributes harmoniously to the entire ensemble.
The tools? Rhino 3D laid the foundation, crafting these exquisite pieces in the virtual space. Luxion Keyshot brought them to life with breathtaking realism, while Photoshop added those final touches, refining Berger's vision to perfection.
In a world drowning in complexities, Berger's chess set stands as a beacon for the 'less is more' ethos. It reminds us that true design genius often lies not in how much one can add, but in how much one can take away while still telling a compelling story.
To Louis Berger, we raise our pawns in salute. Here's to many more checkmates in the game of design.
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For more information make sure to check out Louis Berger at www.louisberger.de