A Queen WithinNow through next April, the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri hosts “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion & Chess“. In the exhibit:

Works from radical and experimental designers will be used to highlight the queen archetypes in fashion and identify relationships with the cultural collective unconscious and traditions of storytelling. Evolving from the weakest to the strongest piece, the queen wields exceptional power in chess. It is thought that this privileging of the queen on the board is an indication of her increasingly powerful status in medieval and early modern European society.

Meanwhile, Icons Furniture will begin producing a series of wood stools designed by Giorgio Bonaguro and inspired by Chess pieces.

Wood Chess Stools

And photographer Francesco Ridolfi explores dualism in human nature with a series of portraits embodying Chess pieces in black and white.

Black and White Kings

[via St. Louis Post-Dispatch, designboom, Visual News]