Luxury games with a contemporary British twist. Stockists incl Harrods & Selfridges. Maison & Objet Paris 'Future trend'.

As featured on BBC's Dragons' Den. Available at Harrods.

Why we love Purling London

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Purling London is a British brand specialised in designing and manufacturing luxury chess sets and other classic games like backgammon, among others.

The acclaimed, contemporary Chess, Backgammon and Checkers contrast traditional, by-hand-manufacturing against vivid colour, abstract art and theatrical illumination. The silver-gilded playing cards update the English pattern with street art influences, hidden logos and hot-pink hearts. Purling London games are classic with a British twist.

The inspiration of the brand is to revitalise time-honoured games, mixing established forms with contemporary art and design influences. The aim of the founder, Simon Purling, was to create new physical game experiences through the combination of tactile, heavily-weighted, hand-carved game pieces with illuminated ‘Dark’ board technology. The aspiration is to bring back chess and classic games as a fashionable and innovative interior design accessories; symbolising intelligence, history and luxury.

We love Purling London products and the availability of a bespoke service which allows customers to fully personalise chess and backgammon in order to match their home interiors or simply to satisfy special requests.

A real touch of luxury!

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About us

Purling London specialises in designing luxury chess sets, classic games and gifts. Our critically acclaimed, contemporary Chess, Backgammon and Checkers contrast traditional, by-hand-manufacturing against vivid colour, abstract art and theatrical illumination. Our silver-gilded Playing Cards update the English pattern with street art influences, hidden logos and hot-pink hearts. Purling London games are classic with a British twist.

Our Goal

Purling London exists to celebrate art and playfulness. Our critically acclaimed, contemporary Chess, Backgammon and Checkers contrast traditional, by-hand-manufacturing against vivid colour, abstract art and theatrical illumination. Purling London’s unique board games, silver-gilded Playing Cards and brand new tungsten Darts are classic with a British twist.

Our goal is to revitalise time-honoured games, mixing established forms with contemporary art and design influences. We aim to create new playful experiences, fresh family interactions, and customer surprise and delight! We aspire to bring back chess, darts and classic games as fashionable and innovative interior design accessories and gifts; embodying precision, history and luxury.

Simon Purkis, Founder

Our Story

Purling London was established in 2012 by Simon Purkis:

I was playing chess on a beach against an old school friend of mine. As the sun set over the sea, it became more and more difficult to differentiate between the chess pieces. This gave me the idea of an illuminated chess board. I questioned why so many Staunton chess sets are brown-varnished wood – it seemed a wonderful opportunity to re-vamp the iconic design and introduce lacquered and one-off artist painted pieces to compliment modern interior designs.

We applied the same philosophy of traditional forms and contemporary colour to Playing Cards, Backgammon, Checkers, Darts and more.

Purling London now supplies a wide range of classic games to many international luxury stores and well-known interior designers. We were selected by Europe’s largest design show, Maison & Objet Paris as a ‘Future Trend’ in September 2016. The World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis USA exhibited our Art Chess sets in an influential art exhibition in 2016. We have collaborated with 30 contemporary artists including Sophie Matisse, Thierry Noir and Inkie on bespoke games and regularly ship to all corners of the world.

I hope you enjoy our playful products!

Simon Purkis, Founder

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