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Mid-Century Modern Acrylic and Aluminum Chess Set by, Charles Hollis Jones



An American Mid-Century Modern acrylic and aluminum chess set by, Charles Hollis Jones with one set of pieces finished in a layered orange, yellow & red acrylic and the other pieces are yellow, blue, & green acrylic pieces together with a contemporary made brushed aluminium board with aluminum silver and black tone colored squares. Measurements: Board: 17 in. square Squares: 2 in. x 2in. Pieces: Tallest - 3 in. x smallest 15 in Biography: He designed a comfortable writing chair for Tennessee Williams in 1968, received a commission for 40 tissue boxes, 40 waste baskets and many mirrors from Frank Sinatra, created furniture and accessories for Lucille Ball, Diana Ross, Dean Martin and Johnny Carson. He designed a four-poster bed for Sylvester Stallone and JLo owns his “Trelliage” coffee table. Furniture designer to the stars Charles Hollis Jones pioneered the use of acrylic and Lucite in his designs beginning the 1960s, the golden age of plastics. Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945, Jones began his career while still a teenager when he visited Los Angeles at the age of 16, and talked his way into a job designing retail store display furnishings for a local furniture manufacturer. He returned to Indiana and immediately after graduating from high school, relocated permanently to Los Angeles, where he continued to work for his summer employer. Six months later, he became head designer for the prestigious furniture and accessory showroom Hudson-Rissman, where he developed his first designs for acrylic and metal furnishings with invisible joints that became his trademark. After seven years, he left Hudson-Rissman and established his own firm, Chj Designs. Hollis Jones cited his fascination with acrylic as stemming from its unique properties, “It’s shatter-proof, first of all. And the most important thing it does: it carries light. Glass reflects light. Lucite holds it and carries it. If you play with it, you can make a lens to look at something in space. It’s that good. It’s purer than crystal.” Southern California Modernist architect John Lautner was a great admirer of Jones’ work, engaging him to work on 13 houses with him. For interior designer Arthur Elrod’s iconic Palm Springs home, Charles Hollis Jones contributed 40 pieces. Jones recalled Lautner’s words, ‘Charles, I can design an obstruction, design me a vista,’ and I would do chairs and things like that, and I did lots of Lucite tables. He thought my work made his work show off.’ Charles Hollis Jones lives in Los Angeles and continues to design furniture and decorative accessories.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Chess Board is Not Original to the Chess pieces.
  • Seller Location
    Englewood, NJ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU888824923092

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About the Maker

Charles Hollis Jones

The now omnipresent design use of acrylic and Lucite owes much of its enduring popularity to seasoned creative Charles Hollis Jones. Nicknamed “Mr. Lucite,” the California-based furniture designer and artist made his reputation — and contributed to a lasting legacy for a material one might not immediately consider highbrow — with chairs, tables and other furnishings in the substance scientifically known as polymethyl methacrylate. But while the connecting thread through Jones’s body of work is the presence of translucent materials, his designs are anything but one-note.The son of an Indiana carpenter, Jones has always been fascinated with structure and reinventing expected ones in new ways. He began working with furniture manufacturers while still a teenager and came to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, researching and experimenting with techniques to shape acrylic into unconventional forms. “If I design a T-A-B-L-E without thinking of the name, then I can pretend I’ve never seen one,” he told PIN-UP magazine. His design combinations run the gamut from Lucite, brass and glass on elegant dining tables to more unusual applications of Lucite as legs for upholstered sofas and frames for Tibetan fur chairs.Jones’s work is as varied as his client list, which has included Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone and the Kardashians. For Tennessee Williams, he created a writing chair called the Wisteria chair. Jones also collaborated several times with modernist architect John Lautner, designing furniture that seemed to disappear into its surroundings.He resides in Los Angeles, where he still designs today.Find a range of new and vintage Charles Hollis Jones furniture on 1stdibs.
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