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Gotta See It: Steve Vigar Designs
(Feb. 16, 2009 - www.onthefly.com)

There has been one product of late that has been the conversation piece of the store, and it's a product that you really have to see in person to truly appreciate it. It is a chess set from Steve Vigar Designs. Mr. Vigar is an East Bay architecture hobbyist who has designed pieces based on architectural treasures in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

The chess pieces designed and then laser cut from exotic woods prior to being carefully put together by hand. The back row pieces each recreate an important part of the city’s famous skyline, while individual pawns represent the varied residential architectural styles. Architectural icons include the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Sears Tower, and the Transamerica Tower. The San Francisco set also includes one of the Embarcadero Center towers -- the same towers that house On The Fly's first store. The board is comprised of zebra wood and whangee, and can include an optional drawer to store the pieces.

In addition to the signature chess set, Mr. Vigar has also designed a cigar humidor based on an Italian villa, jewel boxes inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese temples, a Castle jewelry box, and a watch box based on Grand Central Station. They are truly stunning pieces of art sure to impress all who lay eyes on them. You can see the full collection online here, but as the blog title suggests, it's really something you gotta see in real life.