Here's a perfect marriage of the chess whiz with the gardener: this Micro Planter Chess Set is a 3D printed that also doubles as mini-garden stimulating the senses, and which can be downloaded and made at home. Created by Australian architects Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim of XYZ Workshop, this Bauhaus style-inspired chess set features abstracted versions of the chess pieces, but combines them with small plants to offset its modernist edges.
Low and Lim are a husband and wife team that started XYZ Workshop as a way to explore the possibilities of 3D printing, which they see as "fusing art, sculpture and technology." The Micro Planter Chess Set is the result of this experimentation in making:
The chess pieces allows nature lovers to integrate their favorite succulents or herbs into their game play. Each Chess piece can be planted with specific herbs or succulents to give them a level of individuality and personality. This also allows the player to assign unique textures, colors and smell to the pieces. Use some Corsican Mint to bring some minty freshness into you game, or perhaps a series of hard wearing cacti if you don't have a green thumb.
It's a garden for some serious thinking, and in addition to the pieces, you can turn any flat surface into a chess board with the included printable and portable chess board skin. You can download the chess set at My Mini Factory, and see more over at XYZ Workshop.