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What’s Hot: Gallant Games

Samantha Brooks and Amanda Millin

Baccarat In the dozen years since Oki Sato founded the Tokyo-based firm Nendo, he has been commissioned by a number of luxury brands—Armani, Boffi, and Cartier among them—seeking his Japanese minimalist aesthetic for their products. In January, the 36-year-old architect added Baccarat to that list of clients, creating a chess set ($32,000) to commemorate the crystal maker’s 250th anniversary this year. No more than 50 sets will be produced. (us.baccarat.com)

Bespoke Global Bespoke Global, based in New York City, has been pairing clients with renowned artists for the last two years to create one-of-a-kind home furnishings. One of its latest offerings is the J.L. Lawson peg game ($445)—a unique rendition of the classic British triangle game. The father-and-son duo Floyd and Anthony Lawson, who create high-end metal pieces in Joshua Tree, Calif., hand-turned each of the brass pegs and crafted the 6-inch-diameter board from curly maple. Custom materials and sizes are also available. (www.bespokeglobal.com)

Ralph Lauren Home Last fall, the home furnishings brand added a set of five classic games to its line of James Bond–inspired home accessories. The Bond 5-in-1 game box ($4,995)—which is handcrafted from walnut and the same carbon fiber–embossed Italian leather that the brand uses for its men’s and women’s accessories—converts between chess, tic-tac-toe, checkers, backgammon, and poker. The masculine game pieces include contemporary, nickel-plated chess pieces that are reminiscent of an engine cylinder and other automotive parts, tic-tac-toe markers made from crystal and silver leaf, stainless steel checkers and backgammon chips, and two decks of playing cards, all of which can be stored in the box’s drawers when not in use. (www.ralphlaurenhome.com)

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